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Poem: "Thumbing the Scales"

This is the freebie for today's fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from janetmiles.  Read about mandatory arbitration.

Thumbing the Scales

Justice is meant to be fair
but there are countless practices
that aim to lay a thumb on the scales --

mandatory arbitration,
company judges,
institutions too big to fail,
conflicts of interest,
those who would be above the law,
deals under the table,
lobbyists dancing with revolving doors --

and every one of them
is a chink in the foundation
of a stable society because

if the law is not for everyone
then it is for no one

if rational methods do not resolve conflicts
then people will choose less rational ones instead.

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