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One law for all

One law for all is a slogan with a long history dating back to the Roman Empire and their oppression of peoples in newly conquered lands. This slogan is ultimately damaging for minorities in modern states founded upon the rule of law since it obviates the notion of justice and minority rights.

In recent years though, this has become a shiboleth of racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan who remodeled themselves with kinder and gentler language in order to draw a wider and more receptive audience. Former Klan member David Duke is often credited with this change in extreme right-wing political tactics. Another popular slogan that emerged was "equal rights for everyone".

In the U.S., Duke used such rhetoric to eventually gain a seat in the Louisiana Congress as a Republican. In Canada, the Liberal Party of British Columbia adopted the anti-aboriginal rights policy of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Equality (BC FIRE) for dealing with aboriginal issues.

Like minded organizations with similar anti-aboriginal policy based on Mel Smith's "Our Home or Native Land?" was promoted by Wolfgang Droege of the Heritage Front and the Reform Party of Canada in the 1990s. It has also been used as a "bumper-sticker" slogan in New Zealand by some opponents of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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