In most matters it is more important that the applicable rule of law be settled than that it be settled right. Louis Brandeis1 Let us go back three-quarters of a century. In June 1927, the National Geographic Magazine published an article describing law reform under a Manchu emperor who reigned in the early eighteenth century. Emperor Kang-hsi decided that courts should be as bad as possible so his subjects would settle disputes by arbitration. Responding to a petition about judicial corruption, he decreed as follows: Lawsuits would tend to increase to a frightful...
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