24 Using the Power of the Legal System

It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ of the will of all which establishes, in civil right, the natural equality between men.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

This book provides a model you can use to resolve conflict and avoid the high cost of professionals. Unfortunately, everyone does not aspire to the resolutionary standards advocated here. Fortunately, we have a system in place for people unwilling to engage in a peaceful process of resolution: the civil court system. The system has the teeth to make sure people honor its decisions. It enforces by coercive power. Our legal system provides a foundation, leverage, and a place of last resort. The legal system tells people ...

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