Human Justice

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
182 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2024
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Human Justice by Human and the Lights is a thought-provoking critique of the corporate world's prioritization of profit over people. The author, who is a human rights lawyer, relates his final case, highlighting how corporations exploit and dehumanize employees, ignore safety concerns, and perpetuate discrimination and harm. He also provides a historical perspective on corporate behavior over the centuries, from slavery to government policy changes, segregation, and racism. The book covers how insurance companies and defense lawyers use delay tactics, threats, and other brutal actions to make a profit from the cases or try to cover them up. It argues that corporate values are fundamentally incompatible with human values and the well-being of our planet and that we must prioritize human values and take action to combat corporate injustice.

Human Justice surprised me because I thought it would be filled with technical jargon, but it is structured like a story. It is captivating, easy to follow and understand, and emotionally moving. Human Justice will provoke your thoughts and make you reflect on where we are going as a society if we continue yielding to the psychopathic tendencies of heartless corporations. Each chapter begins with a profound quote from a famous person, adding intrigue to the contents. The book provides a comprehensive and educational overview of the court proceedings, including the selection of a jury, calculation of settlement and lawyer fees, and the overall process of human vs. corporation lawsuits. The powerful conclusion serves as a rallying cry, encouraging readers to stand up for what is right and protect human rights, emphasizing the importance of collective action in promoting justice and accountability.

Foluso Falaye

Back in 2020, an experienced 61-year-old Black man, Mr. Brown, complained about unsafe work conditions to Good Paper Company: a wholesale distributor of paper and packaging products. Mr. Brown, who was employed by the company, eventually got injured while coping with the unsafe work conditions he complained about. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the unfair treatment he received from the company. Though author Human and the Lights took up his case and faced the company in court, several challenges began to spring up, revealing multiple flaws in corporatism and the justice system. Read Human Justice to find out just how evil corporatism is as the author shares thought-provoking ideas and recalls captivating court battle details. Delve into America's political history and find out how many problems are linked to unfair laws and exploitative systems.

Human Justice engages readers with a profound analysis of different historical, philosophical, and legal topics. I learned about the tort reform movement, which started in the 1970s, and its dangerous propositions against human values in favor of corporate values. Also, the book is highly detailed and immersive. From settlement opportunity letters to heartfelt emails, the book offers readers an opportunity to follow the story closely. Another appealing aspect is the author’s profound thoughts on various topics: racism, sustainability, corporatism, ethics rules, laws, slavery, and more. In conclusion, Human Justice is a convincing, revelatory book that serves as a call to keep our humanity alive in a world plagued by materialism. The author's decision to represent Mr. Brown despite his poor financial situation is truly inspiring. I hope that his messages reach leaders who will make the law fairer and convince people to value each other more.

K.C. Finn

Human Justice is a work of non-fiction by author Human and the Lights in the social issues, law, and autobiographical writing genres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. This engaging narrative recounts a human rights lawyer's final trial after 15 years spent advocating for marginalized individuals, highlighting the clash between human values and corporate interests. Through the lens of the lawyer's final trial, the author compellingly argued for the supremacy of human values over corporate interests, emphasizing the urgent need for societal change. The author has put a lot of research, passion, and detail into crafting this eye-opening and thought-provoking read that sheds much-needed light on the pervasive influence of corporate values in our society.

The narrative flow is confident and clear, as well as jargon-free, to navigate the complexities of human rights and corporate power in a highly accessible fashion, offering a poignant reflection on the state of justice and equality that is easy to engage with no matter your background. The narrative is sure to resonate deeply with those with a passion for activism and social change, prompting introspection on the inherent inequalities perpetuated by corporate dominance and how we operate in our world in a subliminally complicit fashion a lot of the time. The author’s well-penned, well-organized, and beautifully impassioned plea for a more just and equitable world reverberated long after I finished reading, serving as a powerful call to action to prioritize human dignity and rights above profit-driven motives. Overall, Human Justice is a timely and important book that I would certainly recommend for one and all to engage with and think deeply about.