The Critical Lawyers' Handbook Volume 1
1: Critical Legal Theory
The philosophers have only interpreted the world ... the point, however, is to change it.
(Karl Marx, 'Theses on Feuerbach', Selected Works of Marx and Engels, 1973, p. 15)
Historically, the process by which the bourgeoisie became in the course of the eighteenth century the politically dominant class was masked by the establishment of an explicit, coded and formally egalitarian framework made possible by the organisation of a parliamentary, representative regime. But the development and generalisation of disciplinary mechanisms constituted the other dark side of these processes. The general juridical form that guaranteed a system of rights that were egalitarian in principle, was supported by these tiny, everyday physical mechanisms, by all those systems of micro-power that are essentially non-egalitarian and asymmetrical that we call the disciplines.
(Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, 1979 p. 222)
One must start by knowing what is going on, by freeing oneself from the mystified delusions embedded in our consciousness by the liberal legal world view. (Alan D. Freeman,''l`ruth and Mystification in Legal Scholarship', Yale Law loumal, 1981, vol. 90 p. 1229) The Enlightenment is dead, Marxism is dead, the working class is dead ... and the author does not feel very well either.
(N. Smith, Uneven Development, 1984, p. iii)