“Justice is the equalization or an agreement between forces of approximately equal powers, as well as the compulsion of the less powerful to agree.” Vladimir Jelkic, citing Nietzche.

I have spent parts of the last three years at Harvard Law School developing a system for legal analysis that focuses on societal transformation. I have flirted with law and economics. I explored the critical legal theory tradition. Generally, I exposed myself to different legal theories and how they explain and help create institutional arrangements.

None of the theories, standing alone, satisfied me. I wanted an approach that would be portable, one capable of explaining and engendering the transformation of institutions regardless of where they are located. …

“Only by renouncing all ideologies can we begin to see the world and man.” James Burnham

“Freedom, in the world as it is, is thus the product of conflict and difference, not of unity and harmony. In these terms, we see again the danger of idealism, utopianism, and demagogy. The idealist, utopians, and demagogues always tell us that justice and the good society will be achieved by the absolute triumph of their doctrine and their side. The facts show us that the absolute triumph of any side and any doctrine whatsoever can only mean tyranny.

This essay makes no normative judgment of the state of affairs; it merely tries to describe it.

Everyone cares about justice…


What can Nigerian pop culture show us about the state of the country’s soul? That it is rotten to the core. It tells us that our culture glorifies wealth rather than intelligence and conscientiousness. Essentially, that it perverts the definition of success, mistaking its side effect for the thing itself. Wealth ought to be the attribute of the best amongst us — the bold, the relentless, and the intelligent. Instead, we identify it with fraud and senseless brutality. Pop culture offers a glimpse into the soul of our country, and it is rotten to its core.

The culture of every…

Seneca the Younger (Roman, Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist).

Man’s greatest fear is not death. He fears death mostly because he is unsure whether it is truly the end or if something lies after it. He fears death because he wonders — even if only subconsciously — whether this life is all there is. He also fears death mainly if he feels that he has more yet to accomplish amongst the living. Thus, what man really fears is uncertainty, and the absence — or seeming absence — of meaning. I say “seeming absence” because meaning is never absent; although man may not recognize its presence.

Man constantly searches for…

Adeyemi Adediran

JD Candidate at Harvard Law School.

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