[THOMAS GEOGHEGAN] centers See You in Court around the fundamental and unfair fact that the bottom 40 percent of American families receives less than 14 percent of all national income (a percentage that continues to worsen). It has become harder, Geoghegan says, to use a term like "us" to describe us as a country. "In no other developed country, at no other time in history," Geoghegan writes, "has there ever been such a steady increase in inequality as there has been in the United States."The sense of futility experienced by those at the median income and below has become so destabilizing that it has eroded belief in the rule of law: "If we do not expect the world to be reasonable and fair," writes Geoghegan, "then sooner or later we do not demand or expect those qualities from law, either."The political, ideological center of the "New Right" is the Federalist Society, founded in 1982, whose members have dictated appointments to the federal bench during five Republican administrations. The New Right believes that a government that socializes wealth for wage-earning people is illegitimate. Members or supporters of the Federalist Society openly twit lawyers like Geoghegan: "If we bring up the Declaration of Independence, they say: 'Oh, these truths are self-evident? Well, they aren't evident to us.' Bring up the Geneva Convention, and they say: Are we going to let these little countries tell us what to do?' "