Law has been familiar to human societies since Hammurabi. Philosophers have long distinguished more than one kind of law: divine law, natural law, civic law … (and watch out: the terms don’t always mean what they appear to mean). There’s also more than one kind of kind (There’s a prospective post: Kind of Kind!) … But here let me just emphasize that one kind of law is seldom acknowledged: cosmetic law.
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Falling objects accelerate at 32 feet per second per second: confirmable, under familiar earth conditions. Other factors, wind, can be in- or excluded. That’s physics: laws based on observation, on experience: thought, calculation is involved …
Moses told the Jews that God said not to have any gods before him. That’s religious law: divine law.
(If Moses said anything about accelerating objects, I know no trace of it.) Mohammed said that there is only one God, and his name is Allah. Moloch is said to want babies thrown into a fire, the fire in his maw. … King Kong wanted a blond tied to a stake.
Clear all that out of your head because here comes a completely different kind of law: “55 MPH”!
And then there’s: “No Parking, except Wed, 7-8 PM.” Related, there’s “25 MPH, except when school children are present: then it’s 15 MPH. (Or unless you’re a diplomat) (or unless you’re the governor’s son.)
Objects accelerate at 32 ft per sec per sec whether they’re the governor’s son or not, whether or not it’s Wednesday, whether or not it’s 7 or 8 PM. But hold on, here comes the different kind of law I’m ushering consideration of:
How about laws that don’t describe human behavior objectively, neither do they order traffic, parking … flow. They describe not what we do do, nor what we should do, but how we wish to be seen:
We don’t torture prisoners of war.
Period! (Except behind closed doors, except in foreign lands, except when calling it “interrogation.”
So: it’s “law” as mask, as costume: law as social camouflage, verbiage to accompany hypocrisy.
That’s a kind of law hard to study, because nobody, nobody with a publicity budget, is truthful about the matter.
OK, that’s the first draft to post. Please: add your own suggestions.
I’ll come back and explore an example or two. Trying to offer domestic and foreign examples:
ushering in the question: how different are we from the Nazis? the Communists? the Zionists? objectively?