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Another Reason to Hate Lawyers: They're Destroying American Society

Lawyers shred the fabric of American society—that’s a widely held intuition. Now there’s science to prove it. Well, at least social science.

Peter Turchin is the vice president of the Evolution Institute and professor of biology and anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He has written the book War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires and developed 30 indicators for tracing the destabilization of societies—the Roman Empire, Imperial China, medieval and early-modern England and France, and so forth. His indicators now signal the demise of American society. Wage stagnation and income inequality have his warning sensors blinking bright red. Another, less familiar symptom of societal collapse, he writes for Bloomberg View, “is the overproduction of law degrees”: