Today in Supreme Court History

Today in Supreme Court History: August 21, 1798


8/21/1798: Justice James Wilson dies.

Justice James Wilson

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  1. The Eleventh Amendment is void for criminality, the defrauding of out of state creditors.

    All immunities should be rescinded for the following reasons. They can be replaced by the duties in a professional standard of due care for the government official. They can thus regulate themselves.

    All immunities should end for several reasons.

    1) They justify violence as a remedy in formal logic. The contrapositive of a true assertion is always true. Liability is a replacement for endless cycles of violent revenge that makes life unlivable. Liability was a great advance from 5000 years ago, that was a major factor in the growth of civilization. Immunity therefore justifies endless cycles of violent revenge. Formal logic has more certainty than the laws of physics. The courts need to learn critical thinking and to put logic above selfish interests, or face violence;

    2) they grow the enterprise, like government. They represent an unauthorized form of industrial policy by the scumbag lawyer profession, the most toxic, in the country;

    3) they prevent improvement in the practice;

    4) they deprive victims of carelessness procedural due process rights to a fair hearing under the Fifth Amendment;

    5) the immune have just dealt immunity to themselves, in a conflict of interest. Immunities have no validity, even if statutory, since lawyers wrote those immunity laws. They are garbage;

    6) the immune are all dumbasses;

    7) Immunity was justified by the sovereign speaking with the voice of God. This justification is psychotic, delusional, and supernatural. All immunities violate the Establishment Clause. Its psychotic nature informs all adherents of immunity. They are nuts.

  2. Not the wimp that he was portrayed as in “1776”.

    1. Not familiar with, "1776."

      I count Wilson as the most under-appreciated founder. A case has been made that Jefferson cribbed the most-often cited part of the Declaration of Independence from something Wilson wrote as a young recent immigrant from Scotland in the 1760s.

      If I were advising an aspiring American historian who was looking for a dissertation topic, I would tell the candidate to take a long look in Franklin's papers for correspondence with Wilson. It might not pan out, but I suspect Wilson may sometimes have voiced Franklin's views at the Constitutional Convention—at which Franklin was otherwise mostly reticent.

      Wilson was also a close associate of Madison's at the Convention. Wilson was one of only a few founders who signed both the DoI, and the Constitution. His writings on Popular sovereignty and American constitutionalism ought to be read by everyone today, but it is hard to find some of them online, because they are presented, as far as I know, mostly as unsearchable facsimiles.

      And of course Wilson was a member of the first Supreme Court. That is quite a bit for a guy most people have never heard of.

      1. Thanks I didn’t know that.

        In “1776” (which otherwise is mostly factually accurate), the vote on independence, which must be unanimous, comes down to Franklin vs. Dickinson in the Pennsylvania delegation, with Wilson going along with Franklin only because he doesn’t want to be remembered as the man who stopped independence.

        During the Constitution ratification debates Wilson was dragged out and beaten by a mob. Certainly not a wimp.

        1. Did the mob call him "four-eyes"?

          1. If those are bifocals it would be “six-eyes”.

  3. "Not familiar with, “1776.” "

    Broadway musical and then a movie musical in the early 1970s.

    You should watch the movie, its pretty good.

    1. Good depiction of lawyers really screwing things up. The American Revolution was an early catastrophic mistake by the lawyer profession.

  4. Phonics does not make sense to as a reading technique because of the variety of the English language. I was reading fluently when I entered first grade--at third grade level, in fact. And I could make no sense out of phonics because I knew letters did not have specific sounds but varied depending on the word they were in.

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