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Comment author: Swimmer963 17 May 2011 09:30:10PM 2 points [-]

Oh, and I should have added earlier that modern legal systems score a nearly complete FAIL on this attribute of Fun Theory - no one human mind can even know all the rules any more, let alone optimize for them. There should be some Constitutional rule to the effect that the complete sum of the Law must be readable by one human in one month with 8 hours of sleep every night and regular bathroom breaks.

That's a good idea. Why did no one think of that?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 17 May 2011 09:59:55PM 4 points [-]

As far as I can tell, it's much easier for people to add rules than to repeal them-- I call this rule rachetting.

Perhaps it's that once a rule exists, people have put work into getting used to it, and don't want to redo their habits.

However, considering that it's hard to get obsolete laws repealed, it's probably a status issue. Repealing a law means that the people in charge have to admit that the group they're affiliated with isn't eternally correct, and that there's some area of activity where the people who are lower status than the government are now going to be trusted to make their own choices.

Comment author: satt 17 May 2011 10:58:52PM 3 points [-]

I expect a lot of people suspect that the law is necessarily more complex than EY's rule would allow, as the law has to cover so many different situations.