Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. Injustice sustained at the exact degree of necessary tension to turn the cogs of the huge machine-for- the-making-of-rich-men, without bursting the boiler.
Justice is simply the advantage of the stronger.
Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.
Justice is not blind—she very often “peeks” to determine the race, economic status, sex, and religion of persons prior to determination of guilt.
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
Editor's Question: Do you suppose Mike Nifong had been reading Samuel Butler?