List of most common unjust laws in our society

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.

Isaiah 10: 1-2

I have almost finished discussing about Ten Commandment. Ten Commandment was a set of law given by God to maintain relationship between God and human and between human and their fellows. However, Ten Commandment is quite general law. Due to complex interconnection between human, all countries in the world need to formulate a kind of civil law.

Since civil law was man-made and human has tendency to become corrupt given enough power, a lot of civil laws are unjust law. I can point out many characteristics of unjust laws, such as heavy punishment for trivial activities that cause no visible life or property damage, oppressing common and poor people and favoring those rich and powerful, the use of vague language so that the law can be open to any interpretation as long as the person can hire cunning lawyers (In other words, the correct interpretation is interpretation of people with most money or power).

In this post, I would like to elaborate most common unjust laws in all countries around the world. They are defamation law, zoning law, and fiat currency law.

1. Defamation lawDefamation law typically states that if a person made public statement (usually on the internet and mass media) about some people and/or organization and the statement is proven as slander, the person can be sued with fine or imprisonment for reason of ‘damaging reputation’.

Typically, defamation law has very vague language. The word like ‘damaging reputation’ itself is very vague. What does it mean by ‘damaging reputation’? Unlike car or property, reputation is abstract concept whose damage cannot be quantified. And unlike car or house, reputation is not private property. Reputation is collective perception of society towards specific individuals and organization and hence it is common good.

And finally, damaged reputation is mostly caused by the concerned person or organization. A person’s reputation will be tarnished if he did any misconduct or unethical action and it was made known publicly. If telling someone’s mistakes publicly are counted as crime, then there will be no social accountability to any public figure or organization. It is oppressive law that benefits to mostly famous people and organizations.

I am sick of seeing this law is abused everywhere by rich and powerful people or organization. In Indonesia, it was misused in 2009 by a private hospital to attack its customer who complained about its service quality in internet. The customer complained that her condition worsened during treatment and the hospital did not (or cannot) give any medical records and laboratory results requested by customer. She posted her case in mailing list and internet column. Instead of doing self examination, this hospital filed a lawsuit to the customer using this defamation law and they won. The customer was imprisoned for twenty days.

2. Zoning law. In most cities, governments have a law called zoning to regulate landowners how they can use their land. Most common use of zoning law is reservation of downtown to be used for central business district, government offices and diplomatic embassies. Most of residential area will be located around suburban area. 

This law is unethical and also problematic in several ways. Firstly and most importantly, it violated the right of private property. If government can regulate landowner how to use his own piece of land just because of their city’s outline plan then that land is not belonged to the landowner. Most of the times, the land is bought by landowners using their own money and labor and government should not regulate his own property.

Some people may say that by putting business centers in the downtown area, it will make overall business owners more profitable and thus government can collect more taxes which in turn will be used to build public infrastructures. In theory, that reason is acceptable. But, in practice, big corporations whose offices are located in downtown area has more lobbying power to government to get tax exemption. Most often, instead of building public infrastructures as what they said, government officials will collude and take bribe from these corporate executives or else reward themselves with extraordinary amount of bonuses and salaries from taxes that are collected from these corporations.

Not only the law does not achieve its purposes (building more public infrastructures), the law also introduces a lot of side effects. Zoning law is one key factor which contributes to city’s traffic congestion. Since most big corporations are located in downtown area, a lot of people will commute from rural or sub-urban areas to downtown area. Since the road and train has limited capacity, there will always be heavy traffic, noise and air pollution around downtown area on the morning and evening time. Furthermore, it leaves most roads around suburban and rural areas (where most residential complex are located) empty and unused.

Traffic congestion is just one of many side effects. I can literally give tons of scary examples of things criminalized under zoning law such as collecting rainwater, holding Bible study, planting flowers, feeding poor people, and so on. So, essentially instead of giving benefit of public infrastructures as what your government said, it becomes a tool of controlling mass for elites.

3. Fiat currency lawAnother bizarre and unjust law is notion that government has right to regulate how an economic transaction between two party of consented adult citizens should be done. In virtually every country, government can declare worthless paper notes (which cannot be used even for toilet paper) to be used in economic transaction and arresting people who do not want to comply and labeling them as ‘domestic terrorist’.

I have previously published another article which discussed about this fiat currency. You can read that article here. Essentially, the reason why government want to monopolize currency is because of control. They want to have power to decide amount of money circulating in the market. Government, through the central bank, is able to print the money as many as they want to fund expensive and unpopular activities such as financing war in other side of the world or financing bailout to big banks who sponsored political campaign against will of the people.

Printing money will cause inflation and raises price of commodities such as food, electricity and oil. These commodities are essential to common and poor people. But this law, like all unjust law, prioritize interest of political and corporate elites to finance their wasteful public policies (war and bailout) over interest of common people. It is no wonder that civil riots and demonstrations are happening everywhere (United States, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, China, Indonesia and so on). If authority can decrease the value of your money until you cannot eat then there is little, if any, reason to become law-abiding citizens.

I hope by this article, I can enlighten many of you that many rules in our society is not made in people’s interest. They are made for interest of ruling elites to enslave us and leave us with nothing but servitude.

Then what to do? Well, it is another big question…..I will leave it for next time.

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About edwin2026

I am currently Indonesian expatriate working in Singapore, graduated from Nanyang Technological University with major in Computer Science in 2009. I am also working as software engineer, developing and maintaining systems for Singapore civil service. I write this blog to share to readers about my life principle on various aspects, like religion, politics, business, relationship, and technology. I am interested in alternative worldviews because I found that many things taught to us by establishments are not true and harmful. My dream is to become self-sufficient in food and energy. Hopefully, someday I can have my own fruit garden and my own power plant and able to sell my electricity to power company. I hope readers enjoy my blog.
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4 Responses to List of most common unjust laws in our society

  1. LDZabala says:

    These are just 3 of the many unjust laws in all 50 states. What happened to punishing the crime and not the Human. We have been labeling Humans for ages; for the simple fact that Gov. likes to physically control the Human rather than creating a change in the actions. I feel that everyone that has been unjustly charged and labeled for life in a group should file a huge lawsut as a group of course. People can not find work live with there families; are run out of town sometimes out the state or country. I hope I have started to open some eyes to the mose serious unjust crimes that the gov is committing with these unjust and in human laws and by-laws. I don’t under stand how a city ordinance can be put in place when a higher law is already in place. Something is wrong with our judicial system. Why do we need federal r state gov.? Let the people make up the laws of God’s Land. Why do we need politicians; it is a waste of their payroll. They have proven they are selfish and just vote majority for themselvess. They ought to get paid what they produce since we voted them in. We should control their payroll. Even the President’s. I knew of a Mayor who got paid $1. per year. I know that with this; someone will respond.

    God First.

  2. Lady Liberty says:

    I am a native American citizen and I too am planning a way to live out the rest of my years in a country that is not the United States. Everything that has been happening here since the 1980’s when Reagan sold us out to the Bankers and Corporations, the corrupt Supreme Court decision in Bush v Gore, the murder of our own citizens on 911 by the Bush Administration as well as ignoring the Geneva convention with Guantanamo Bay, then the Patriot Act, then to add insult to injury no Wall Street corruption resulted in prison time for anyone who broke the same laws any of us must follow lest we be jailed; I’ve had all I can take of being a peasant. The NRA makes me sick. The only Amendment any of them know is the 2nd! If any of them had half a brain they would be crying about the loss of the 4th Amendment; funny how they pick and choose which Amendments are more important to the frustration of others. This country is a nightmare.

  3. Nova Lovelace says:

    Okay, first I have to say that your GUM really sucks and it makes me not take any of this seriously.

    First point: defamation laws. Slander and libel are not protected free speech under the Constitution. “Damagin reputation” is perfectly clear as well; it means you’ve wrongly accused someone of something and made them look so bad that their life is essentially destroyed. For example, isnsomeone goes to court and is found guilty but later proved innocent, it doesn’t mater. You’ve already destroyed their life. They can’t be hired for anything, they won’t get a job, they probably won’t get loans either. Even if they’re proven innocent, there are people who will not believe that and will choose to see a guilty person. Their life would be destroyed. Ever wonder why during presidential elections the parties both found mud at each other? If you can make the other person look bad enough, they won’t get the votes. Mud slinging is technically libel/slander but no one calls them on it.

    Point two: zoning laws are not unjust. The neighborhood you live in? There’s a good 90% chance it was put up by the city. Cities find neighborhoods and schools. And so long as your neighborhood or property is in city limits, they have every right to tell you what you can and cannot did with it. In no way does it violate private property laws. Police still need a warrant to get in if you say no to them. People still can’t trespass on your property. Take, for example, the Homeowners Association. They get to tell you what you can and cannot do to your house. Apartment managers do the same. If you do not 100% own it and you’re still within city limits, they can tell you what to do.

    Third point: fiat currency? Really? If all the states had different currency, one states money would basically be worthless in another state. A 12 oz bag of sugar in VA could be, say $3.75 but in the same weight in CA could be $8.50 in VA currency. That’s why the US has one kind of money and why after the Civil War, Confederate money was worthless. The Federal Reserve is in place because we all know how crappy the government is with our money, so the Federal Reserve is desperate enetity from the government and regulates the flow of money and how much is printed.

    I repeat, your GUM is so poor that it makes me cringe and I can’t take you seriously. Please brush up on an English course and some history and finances before you try this again.

    • edwin2026 says:

      Hi Nova,

      In this society there are always been any scenarios for any kind of malicious acts like you have mentioned. The point is that we should not try to codify every possible scenarios because there could be many exceptions which cannot be covered. Most people do not have any time and ability to understand hundreds of pages of law, contract and agreement. The complicated laws may have good intention originally but like a proverb said ‘A path to hell is paved with good intention’.

      The wrong point with fiat currency is that there have no back-up for it. The constitution/law has back-up of judicial and military institution. The university certs has its professors, students, and papers. How come only fiat currency do not have any backup?

      I need to go and will respond to your post related to zoning law and defamation law.

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