“Ignorantia juris non excusat”
(Latin for “ignorance of the law does not excuse” or “ignorance of the law excuses no one”)
“Ignorance of the Law is no excuse” is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content. In theory every one knows the law or at least should know, being that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” In fact, the generality of men does not know very much about it; and upon a subject so vast and vague there must necessarily be much ignorance, misreading and subsequent misapprehension. Mere ignorance may be easily enlightened by supplying the needful information; but mistaken notions can only be dislodged by cogent reasoning.
Cogent arguments have, however, little effect upon the public mind, and, seem somewhat out of place in lieu of a popular treatise. To tilt at popular fallacies with the heavy lance of close reasoning seems, at times, a futile endeavor. Here, as elsewhere, the study of ignorance is the first step to imparting knowledge, which is why we have deemed it necessary and proper to divulge the origin of this pseudo-legal sovereign citizen/tax protestor fallacy. It must be borne out that this is the third treatise which I, Brother A. Hopkins-Bey have hitherto published regarding this motif. It also must be related that analogy and repetition are also useful means of popular instruction, the latter being in many cases the only effective method of attacking popular error. No unaccepted truth, indeed, can be too often repeated (the Hammer). It is said that, “it is only by varied iteration that alien conceptions can be forced upon reluctant minds,” which clearly elucidates why the sovereign ideology has been changing, altering, modifying, revised, and adjusted to fit the popular anarchist mindset of the day (or moment).
Some legal fallacies are harmless enough; others merely cause inconvenience to the individuals who cherish them; while a few, and these are the most important, affect public opinion, especially on questions regarding the official doctrine espoused in the Moorish Science Temple of America, and give rise to agitations of a more or less mischievous tendency. A man is of course at liberty to knock his head against a stone wall if he pleases, and if he suffers for his folly, we may deplore his ignorance, but we cannot much lament his obstinacy. To avert such imprudent consequences, few of us would feel called upon or even compelled to interfere. But it is shockingly appalling, immoral and depraved when such an individual induces others to share his error, and to break their heads in a similar manner and when, finding the wall too strong for them, they agitate for a more convenient and “fitting” manner to bludgeon themselves.
There is, moreover, at the present time especial need of popular instruction regarding legal principles. The Moorish Diaspora is being daily startled by new doctrines apparently subversive of law, nationality, and society; anarchical and unmistakably foreign in nature. The reason why ignorance of law in the Moorish Diaspora is so prevalent among intelligent and otherwise well- informed Moors is that, in order to acquire even an elementary knowledge of the subject, it is of great necessity to make it (Law) the object of systematic study; in other words learning at the University/Collegiate level. However to the generality, life is short and occupations various; and the general Moorish reader, however strong, his/her intellectual digestion, wants something he/she can rapidly assimilate, some easy means of escaping the grosser forms of ignorance, and clearly opts not to spend any considerable portions of time in floundering through text books and law reports, constructing thesis’s, etc. However, Law has a language of its own; Law’s language is called legalese. This language is not realized via osmosis; this takes years of dedicated, devoted and committed research, study, and analysis; learning under the tutelage of a legitimately qualified, capable, competent, skilled and practiced teacher/professor/academic scholar. The claim of being autodidactic is but a trait of the narcissistic supercilious novice. Beware of them…