How did we get here? Why is this happening now?
The Here and Now is a phonograph needle tracking the wobbles in the groove that all our yesterdays laid down.
Is there a way out?
There is only foreward there is no going back.
There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature. (From)
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Mrs. George William Fairfax, Sep. 12, 1758
Not sure I agree at an individual level all the time, but on the aggregate in the immediate time frame I would. Perhaps its like this: Science tells me that most of my actions are planned a significant fraction of a second ahead of my consciousness recognizing what is going on. It is impossible to change what you do not know is coming but if you plan ahead you can control what happens at a future point in time and space.
And what we do individually and locally does matter nationally and globally, at least a little and if not now then sometime in the future.
Does that mean I demand “Word Gov’t Now!” how stupid do you think I am?
We need more self-control, personal control, local control and less regional control, national control and global control. We do need norms and some way of enforcing them for such things as : life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and such easily debased things as contract enforcement, property rights, ecological cost accounting, financial cost accounting…a few others…maybe
But….the old bureaucratic model, relying on a plethora of relatively well paid trustworthy functionaries to enforce norms is becoming unaffordable.
Laissez-Faire – let it be – management doesn’t work, it doesn’t work in regulation either.
Why has the US Constitution remained important for more than 200 years? Because its simple, basic, lays out fundamentals and leaves the rest for interpretation but by being fairly simple, constrained and pragmatic it is actually possible to interpret it to cover very large sets of cases.
We have to get over the belief that you can make life perfect if you can just tune your laws/regulations/rules just right and get the humans out-of-the-way. We used to know better, I think that most scholars know better. But somehow many folks have come to believe that if not all, then the one specific law they care about can be perfected, and since they care about it passionately they push it forward, usually through a system that has no time to really understand the consequences of this law when combined with that law and this social reality, etc. And with each law becoming more complex because of fiddling to tune it to perfection, the way they interact becomes utterly unknowable. And the law becomes harder to obey and easier for smart lawyers to subvert.
So where do we go from here?
Start to build down the complexity we have built up at every level, what about:
- For every new rule, two old ones have to be eliminated and no double dipping?
- Limit the length of any law/rule/regulation to two double-sided 8 1/2 by 11 sheets one inch margins typed in 11 point Times New Roman with the option of an extra sheet of readable graphics?
- Eliminate mandatory this, no tolerance that, rules that have become a pox on our society?
- Make Judges accountable to other Judges and the Bar with impeachment by the people an option?
You can think of more, I know you can!