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Why the rule of law suffers when we have too many laws (washingtonpost.com)
submitted 5 months ago by voter
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[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny - 5 months ago (0 children)
I've always said that when there are too many laws that no one can know the law, not even the lawyers, that means that everything is basically up to the wild interpretation of the enforcers, which means the law may as well not exist at all because it's mostly just made up on the spot as it's applied in real life.
Whereas if you have simple and clear laws, everyone can easily know when they're doing something wrong. But as it stands, ignorance of the law is not only an excuse, but the de facto norm of behavior!
If a person read 100 pages a day of the legal code that applies to an American human in 2018, they would be dead long before they would finish reading it all. And that's just for 2018.