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There’s a big difference between an “unwritten law” and “unwriting the rule of law.” Unwritten laws come in all shapes and sizes, but many of them are relatively innocent. Unwriting the rule of law is dangerous, though, and should never be done. There’s a small linguistic difference between the two of these, but that difference is important. To illustrate this, I’ll start with some local examples that will drive the point home.

Parking Law: Interrupted

Parking in South Philadelphia.

In the case of “unwritten laws,” these are things that are implied but not explicitly documented. They can be passed down through generations in a verbal tradition.

Or, people can infer them by replication & repetition. For example, in South Philadelphia, there is an unwritten law that you can park your car in the median without getting a ticket.

Nobody knows exactly how that came to be. You can hear stories from different people I’m sure, about who started it and why. But the fact is there is no official law on the books allowing certain people to break the law. The unwritten law allows for it, and even the police abide by it. In this case an unwritten law was established to make space for a growing population that outpaced city planning or resources. This is why it’s considered an unwritten law. We still all respect the law of parking; just not in this place where the entire community was effected.

Rules For Thee, But Not For Me

Mask policy is a sick joke.

On the other hand, the the process of unwriting the rule of law is one where there is a complete breakdown of all law enforcement. It favors individual people with great discrimination, and law enforcement is abused to enforce laws which come into existence by speech alone.

No vote. Like a kingdom. That’s why unwriting the rule of law is antithetical to our American way of life. It reverts the rule of law to the rule of a King or Queen. Even if that individual was technically elected to their position; if they begin enacting spoken law like a monarch, the city has fallen.

While there are surface level procedures or individual cases where the justice system works, once the rule of law has become unwritten – it no longer exists. That’s what has happened in Philadelphia. It didn’t happen overnight, and I’m not sure exactly when it changed from a city run under the American constitution, to…whatever it is now.

How The Fake Homeless Camp Helped Unwrite The Rule Of Law

Last year I uncovered a major scam the city government was running which illustrates this point clearly. You can read the in depth research on that topic in the first articles in this series by clicking on the category page.

The gist of it is this:

  1. A riot 676 instigated law enforcement and cause a public relations event to distract the public.
  2. An unlawful assembly established set up down the street at Von Colln.
  3. The press falsely reported this as a “homeless encampment,” which in fact there were zero certified homeless Philadelphians occupying the land (which went on for months) and the city pretended to fight in court.
  4. I caught Philadelphia Weekly white-washing the city’s homelessness problem, reported them to the FTC, and they have since changed their editorial direction 180 degrees.
  5. Eventually the city gave millions of taxpayer dollars to the group of people who hijacked public land, so they could build tiny homes.
They burned us bad…

In the process, they broke dozens of city, state, federal, and constitutional laws. But when the rule of law has been unwritten from a city, what happens is nobody takes responsibility even when it’s their job to do so.

It is obvious to anybody that lives here and pay attention. Our mayor looks out to lunch; but he’s in charge of everything.

The police commissioner is soft.

Our DA doesn’t prosecute murders who go on to kill more people. The office of the inspector general doesn’t do anything. Therefore people in positions of power commit crimes without reproach.

That has to stop.

Justice may be blind, but don’t be blind to justice.

Re-Writing The Rule Of Law

The only way to hold these people accountable will be to take them to court.

It has to be the right court, in the right jurisdiction. The right cause of action, and a really good group of lawyers. A judge that appreciates the damage, and the unique nature of these crimes. It will require public education, and to haunt politicians into reform.

The city government in Philadelphia normalized lawlessness. They sanctioned it. Encouraged it. Enabled it. Gave it literal shelter. Our local press was complicit, too, which is all they can muster right now is demanding “resignations.”

But don’t accept that.

Not by a long shot.

Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Matt has been an artist since he was a child: dancing, illustrating, writing, and producing music. In business, Matt is a master strategist, and expert in communications. He combines his creative passions with his diligence as a professional to give clients a fierce competitive advantage in any circumstance. He has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Temple University. Follow Matt on Twitter @mattebphl