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130 Post author: Yvain 24 December 2010 09:26PM

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Comment author: shokwave 25 December 2010 03:03:39PM 2 points [-]

You are forgetting the lawyer works to uphold the status quo. If that status quo ("the system") also makes arms dealers reach and invades third world countries or does other despicable things, the net effect of the lawyers actions can still be negative.

The amount that a criminal trial lawyer contributes to the status quo as it relates to the suffering of third world countries is negligible; it is fair to ignore such small constants.

Incidentally, I downvoted bentarm's comment about Marxism and upvoted your reply ("Thank you. Marx was a very intelligent person") because comparing anything to Marxism doesn't strike me as engaging with the idea (rather, matching to an already-rejected idea so they can reject this new idea easily), and your response indicated your concern was separate to Marx's.