A$AP Rocky and The Rule of Law

20 Jul, 2019 at 09:55 | Posted in Politics & Society | 6 Comments

Donald Trump has said he is working to free the American rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks.

LAW“I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky,” Trump tweeted from aboard Air Force One on Friday …

Rocky … has been in police custody since early July as Swedish police investigate his alleged involvement in a fight in Stockholm that occurred before his appearance at a music festival. Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said he acted in self-defense.

The Guardian

Sweden is not a Banana Republic. In Sweden everyone — regardless of whether you are rich and famous or just an ordinary citizen — has to follow the rule of law. How hard can it be to understand and accept that?


  1. Banana republic, indeed. Apparently it’s too hard for President Trump and his cult followers, which makes it embarrassing for me to admit to being American. May the gods/goddesses, if any, help us all.

  2. Have you heard of America? We give millionaire pedofiles a year in camp cupcake, let them leave every day to go to work, have no problem giving teenagers the death penalty, lock people up for YEARS on the flimsiest of evidence that gets dismissed as soon as a judge sees it because they can’t afford bail, and if you are a billionaire who does an oopsy and just happens to blow up the entire financial system and world’s economy we will reward you by not only not convicting you but not even bothering to investigate and we’ll give you $29 Trillion worth of qe, loan guarantees, and bankruptcy protection. What is this rule of law you speak of?

    Under capitalism, everything is for sale and nothing is free.

    • Yes, indeed, there are millions of things we can agree on criticizing in American society. Gunnar Myrdal wrote about many of them 75 years ago. But that’s not what my post was about! It’ s about a principle that to me is a pre-requisite for every truly democratic society. No one should be above the law. The law should be the same for everyone! That USA and other societies around the world don’t live up to that standard is no argument against the principle!

  3. As an American I am deeply saddened and ashamed. I agree with Lars, the rule of law matters. Equality
    before the law is one of the pillars of a democratic society.

    I have not the words to express the depths of despair and sadness and grief I experienced when Trump was elected. But let’s be clear, Trump is syptom of a deeper cultural rot and descent into darkness of American cultural decline. Market fundamentalism indeed is a large part of the story, but it is not the only cause. A decades old culture war has reached a crecendo and it threatens the very foundations of American democracy.

  4. “Justice makes a nation great, and the greater a nation the more solicitous will it be to see that injustice shall not befall even its most humble citizen. Woe upon any nation when only those who possess money and influence can secure ready justice before its courts.” In American money and wealth have become for some the means to escape justice. Just look at the drug war. America is at a crossroads.

  5. Yes. I don’t think people understand that abrogating the rule of law is a disease worse than cancer because it IS cancer for the whole society. It will lead to high rates of violence; mediocrity will everywhere replace meritocracy; and everyone will be looking over their shoulder all the time. Here’s a parable about it. https://petersironwood.com/2018/06/05/the-day-from-hell-why-does-anyone-care/

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