Perversions of Justice
Perversions of Justice
Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law

The United States is readily distinguishable from other countries, Chief Justice John Marshall opined in 1803, because it is "a nation of laws, not of men." In Perversions of Justice, Ward Churchill takes Marshall at his word, exploring through a series of 11 carefully crafted essays how the U.S. has consistently employed a corrupt from of legalism as a means of establishing colonial control and empire. Along the way, he demonstrates how this "nation of laws" has so completely subverted the law of nations that the current America-dominated international order ends up, like the U.S. -itself, functioning in a manner dia-metrically opposed to the ideals of freedom and democracy it professes to embrace.

By tracing the evolution of federal Indian law, Churchill is able to show how the premises set forth therein not only spilled over onto non-Indians in the U.S., but were also adapted for application abroad. The trajectory of America's imperial logic can be followed all the way to the present New World Order in which "what we say goes" at the dawn of the third millennium.

Title Perversions of Justice
Subtitle Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading HIS000000 HISTORY
LAW000000 LAW
Title First Published 01 January 2003
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 296 p.
ISBN-10 0872864111
ISBN-13 9780872864115
Publication Date 01 January 2003
Main content page count 296
Dimensions 6 x 8.5 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $19.95

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