CLASS ACTION 101
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
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Law is the Nerdy Kid Nobody Wants to Sit Next To During Lunch
Law is highly misunderstood. It may appear to be abstract: something distant for your average Joe; something lurking within the shadows of those stuff-collared elites -- the lawyers, politicians, fat corporate cats. Nothing can be further from the truth. Law is like that wall flower kid from high school. That outsider who blends into the background at parties. That kid that gets bullied by the jocks and cheerleaders to do their bidding. That kid nerdy kid with over-sized glasses who cannot carry out a single conversation without correcting your grammar or referencing Star Trek.
In reality, this kid -- this nerd, outsider, loner kid -- is awesome for he holds the key to true power: knowledge. The cools kids pick on him because he has the answers to all the tests! So if the nerdy kid is the knowledge of the law and the jocks are the haves (bankers, politicians, lawyers, and other elites) where the former work for the latter, then you -- the normal kids are the have-nots since you have neither knowledge nor power. I hope I haven't lost you in the long-winded high school analogy but the point I'm making here is quite simple: knowledge is power. More specifically, knowledge of the law is power.
Knowledge of the Law Evens the Playing Field: Empowering the 99%
It's a trite and sucky fact but life is unfair. Since the era of pyramids (AKA pharaohs vs. slaves relationship), capital has been distributed unequally. More importantly, however, the pharaohs had access to knowledge of the law. If they decided that they are god in flesh whose words are the law, then the slaves obeyed. Your average slave was probably malnourished, over-worked, and illiterate to learn that's a pile of complete malarky. Fast forward to the 21st century and not much appears to have changed. After all, the modern day pharaohs (the jocks, the elites, etc.) still make the rest of slave away while they spout modern day pile of doo-doo (Trump, much?). Yet, not all hope is lost. Things have radically progressed since the Egyptian monarchy ruled their sandy realm. Knowledge of the law is readily available at libraries, public schools, and even on your smartphone. Okay, I admit college education is still a bit out of reach for most people; legal education is definitely still out of realm of possibilities for most people.
However, now we have laws, institutions, and other agents (like class action attorneys for example) who dedicate their lives to helping the 99% access legal knowledge and de facto, power. Unfortunately, these laws, institutions, and agents of the people cannot work for the people without some legwork from the people. You have to play your part: elect decent human beings into positions of power, report helpful information accurately and in a timely manner to the correct authorities. To play your part well as citizens of the modern world who have ample access to legal knowledge -- and legal power -- you must equip your self with certain types of knowledge.
Sorry, Homework Doesn't End in High School
That's right, to access and exercise legal knowledge effectively, you must be equipped with a minimum amount of legal knowledge. Hence the existence of this blog. I want to help you gain the bare-minimum legal knowledge required to become an effective class action member or representative (terms I will elaborate on in later posts). I'm sorry that homework doesn't end in high school but you have the choice. You can let the jocks manipulate the nerds to do their bidding for the rest of your life. Or you can choose to live an active and empowered life where knowledge of the law plays an integral role. You can choose to have the power. Who knows, you might even have some fun along the way. You might - gasp - enjoy learning new things.