The Corner

Rule by Lawyers

Jonah:

You are right that “Trial Lawyer” has a huge populist clout. They stand for

the little guy against heartless corporations, etc. etc. The downsides,

especially the facts that

—they often rake off more for themselves than the little guy gets

—they wreck commerce and destroy jobs for thier own enrichment

can surely be successfully explained to the general public, though. Walter

Olson’s book is a great source on the

social harm done by the trial lawyer culture.

And, for all the populist clout, there is a strong undercurrent of hostility

to lawyers. A lawyer joke can raise a laugh in practically any kind of

company. We can work this one.

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