The problem with this quote is the ambiguity that arises in that scene where Dick the Butcher said that in the play. the point at which Dick says that immediately follows Jack Cade saying he will treat everybody well so: “that they may agree like brothers and worship me their lord.” Suggesting that removing the law, as it presented an impediment to Cade’s taking over, doesn’t sound quite so high-minded in context.
Furthermore, these people have a problem; their actions are the problem. They happen to be lawyers. Not all lawyers act like this. What about the ACLU, NLG, CCR, NAACP LDF? All of which have worked tirelessly to promote justice in America. Hey, even I am a lawyer and I don’t point guns at people.
I think advocating mass extermination of any group of people is totally out of line and deserves no place amongst progressives. Not even as a joke.