A Unified Theory of a Law is an introduction to the study of a law. It does not propose to make us into lawyers. The purpose of a Unified Theory of a Law is limited. Its goal is to equip every citizen with the tools needed to translate any law into terms that any citizen of ordinary intelligence can understand. We ought to be able, on our own, to understand the laws that govern us. An intermediary between us and our laws ought to be our option not our necessity. It is unfair and unrealistic to expect us to obey laws whose meaning is obscured by inscrutable legalese so thick that the lawyers themselves cannot understand it. Moreover, there is a grave danger to freedom in obscurity. Laws that mean nothing can be interpreted to mean anything. Hence, obscurity allows political power to leak from elected lawmakers to the unelected interpreters of our laws. Because obscurity disentangles the law interpreters from the rule of law, obscurity opens the door through which arbitrariness enters into our governance. In the legal world, it is often asserted without critical thought that Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. This platitude, in all likelihood, was begotten by lawyers who were unwilling or unable to put legal meaning into easily understood words. Without easily understood words, we are kept in our place - beyond the pale of legal understanding. A Unified Theory of a Law intends to democratize legal understanding by breaking up the monopoly that judges and lawyers have over it and distributing it amongst the citizenry where it belongs.


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