When the Apocalypse Comes, Will Anything Change?: Gay Marriage, Black Lives Matter, and The Rule of Law

Savannah Law Review, Vol. 3:57, 2016

20 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016 Last revised: 26 Aug 2016

See all articles by Andrew Chongseh Kim

Andrew Chongseh Kim

South Texas College of Law Houston; Beck Redden LLP

Date Written: August 8, 2016

Abstract

When society collapses, the rule of law will cease to operate. What a person owns and what rights she has will depend not on proper title or originalist interpretations of the 14th amendment, but on whether she can protect what she has with a sword or a gun. This essay, part of the Savannah Law Review’s symposium on The Walking Dead, argues that modern American society already operates in the same way, minus the zombies.

Using the lawless post-apocalyptic life portrayed in The Walking Dead as a foil, I argue that life today is not as “lawful” as most assume. The civil rights movement in the 1960’s, the struggle for LGBTQ rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the recent standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge all reveal that the rights promised by legislatures and constitutions are often very different from the rights people actually enjoy. Rather, the “laws” we believe protect us are nothing but words on paper until, and unless, individuals and society fight to make them a reality.

Keywords: Rule of Law, Criminal, Policing, Civil Rights,The Walking Dead, Black Lives Matter, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Ammon Bundy

JEL Classification: KOO, K11, K12, K14, K4, K40, K42, Z18

Suggested Citation

Kim, Andrew Chongseh, When the Apocalypse Comes, Will Anything Change?: Gay Marriage, Black Lives Matter, and The Rule of Law (August 8, 2016). Savannah Law Review, Vol. 3:57, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2820230

Andrew Chongseh Kim (Contact Author)

South Texas College of Law Houston ( email )

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Beck Redden LLP ( email )

1221 McKinney Street
Suite 4500
Houston, TX 77010

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