And Justice For All: The Quest for Concord (Volume I: The Problem Defined) Book Review

If you are unfamiliar with any of the previous works from New York Times Best Selling author Orrin Woodward, I highly recommend picking up And Justice For All: The Quest for Concord (Volume I: The Problem Defined) as your introductory book to his many works. Woodward is a top-ranked leadership expert and his writing style has developed into this masterful piece which compares and contrasts the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) and the Six Duties of Society (SDS) and studies how the inherently negative characteristics of the FLD constantly attack the SDS. Ironically, it’s the successful implementation of the SDS that actually berth and unleash the FLD into society.

So what are each of these societal duties and laws and why should you even bother to take the time to study concepts that you have quite possibly never heard of before reading this review? Briefly, the SDS are required for society to flourish in a productive, healthy positive way with justice for all.

Justice Unfortunately, the FLD (born out of mans’ fallen nature) work counter-productively with amazing speed to erode the fertile soil that is the natural byproduct of the SDS. Whether you choose to take the time to learn about either, neither, or both, the SDS or FLD are actively working to either lead to toward societies’ positive advancement or negative decline. As a father of three boys (ages 16, 14 & 12), I cannot sit back idly and do nothing, thus condoning the continual decline of the state of our nation. Many simply choose to employ the defensive strategy of the proverbial ostrich which, when seeing a predator, buries its head in the sand. While creating a false sense of security, this defensive tactic is inherently futile as it does nothing to change the predator’s dinner plans. Education of these simple yet powerful topics is the first step in equipping oneself to combat the negative slide that so many people are inherently aware.

Here’s a brief summary of these very powerful, yet opposing, forces which are studied in And Justice for All:

The Six Duties of Society

  1. Distribution:
To develop distribution methods to flow the goods and services of its members to customers.
  1. Division of Labor:
Allows members of society to specialize in areas aligned with their natural abilities.
  1. Duplication of Members:
A prosperous society leads to an expanding population.
  1. Defense:
To defend and protect the inalienable rights of each member by ensuring justice for all.
  1. Distinction:
Focuses on the attitudes, ideas, and rewards that allow society’s members to be recognized as they climb the social ladder of success.
  1. Dreams:
To provide a way for society’s members to dream and achieve.


The Five Laws of Decline

  1. Sturgeon’s Law:
90% of the results in every field of human activity are “crud.”
  1. Bastiat’s Law:
People seek the least amount of exertion required to satisfy their wants.
  1. Gresham’s Law:
Unaddressed destructive behaviors drive out productive ones.
  1. Law of Diminishing Returns:
Holding all other variables constant, returns decrease after a certain size of production has been reached.
  1. Law of Inertia:
Once the FLD have been activated within society, it becomes increasingly difficult to stop their deleterious effects and restore justice.

In And Justice for All, Woodward introduce the concept of the “Power Pendulum” and the idyllic state of “concord,” a goal of every just society wherein “enough force is provided in ensure justice for all, and other than that, society’s members enjoy the freedom to design lives of their own choosing.” Without this perfect balance, the power pendulum swings between states of tyranny (absolute government force) and chaos (total absence of government control).

The simple question you should answer before purchasing this book follows: Do you believe our society provides justice for all? It’s a simple Yes or No question. Without taking a poll, I would venture that over 90% would say No, our society does not provide justice for all. There could be dozens of socio-economic standards which one could gauge this, but in the spirit of brevity and in an attempt to evaluate a standard that affects every citizen regardless of social class, let’s simply consider the monetary system of modern society. As quoted from page 111,

“How does the manipulation of the money supply enslave society? The answer can be seen when one understands the process. The central banks create money out of thin air electronically, and this new money is then loaned to people who buy non-imaginary items such as cars, houses, and entertainments. (The money is first loaned to other banks and big business cronies in cahoots with the central bank authorities and is therefore spendable before the resulting inflationary effects have yet taken root). Interest is then paid to the banks for this “fiat” money that they do not actually possess but have loaned out nonetheless! Further, every time the central banking system creates more fiat money out of thin air, the flow of all that new money into the marketplace has the effect of raising prices for consumers. This is because more and more money is fighting for the same amount of goods. In such a market, it is not long before sellers realize a higher price can be obtained for their goods. The net result of this inflationary policy on the part of the central banks is that everyone’s savings correspondingly decrease in value because as prices go up, the purchasing power of their money goes down. As the government manufactures more instant money for its own purposes, the savings of the hardworking people on the street are stolen invisibly through this process. In effect, the state has permitted the centralized banks to have the FLD sweetheart deal of the millennium, since they receive interest on fake money that must be paid for by the real productive efforts of society’s members.”

Another impactful historical perspective worth sharing follows:

“At any rate, the FLD’s control over the masses throughout history has progressed from ‘owning’ the people to control the production of society, to ‘owning’ the land to control production, and then finally to ‘owning’ the capital to control production. The FLD are not just theoretical. Elites have fed off society’s production since humans first formed societies. And although the methods of exploitation are certainly less direct now than in the past, they are much more effective because they are less detectable.”

These concepts are not only applied to society’s monetary system, but to every daily facet of how society survives. The analysis and historical perspectives provide clear understanding and are thought provoking. In conclusion, I highly recommend And Justice For All: The Quest for Concord (Volume I: The Problem Defined). While the depth of content is serious, Woodward’s ever-improving writing style makes this book flow easily page-to-page, chapter-to-chapter, cover-to-cover. It is relatively short (156 pages) so the reader can get through the material in minimal time. Upon completion, instead of feeling overwhelmed and reeling with a reading-hernia, the reader will find himself looking forward to the sequel, And Justice For All: The Quest for Concord (Volume II: The Problem on Display in History), where several societies (including the Greek Confederation, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, American Confederation, American Republic and American Empire) will be examined to see just how the SDS were birthed and then how the FLD destroyed each one.

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