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20 October 2007 @ 06:00 pm
The Laws We're Allowed To Break  
Found via wcg's LJ, a Slate series on "American Lawbreaking" (namely, the laws that are not only routinely broken, but routinely expected to be broken with a wink and a nod, if that, from the authorities).

This is one reason why I keep coming back to the idea that all laws should expire after twenty years or so (the same law could be passed again, with or without modification, but in the absence of such an active step the law would go away).
 
 
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osewalrusosewalrus on October 21st, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
Hey, that's Tim Wu's stuff. I keep forgetting he writes for Slate.
古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peacedcseain on October 21st, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Most interesting, and wonderfully valid points, especially on the drugs and illegal immigrants.
madfilkentist: Gadsdenmadfilkentist on October 21st, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent article. Thanks for linking to it.

It shows that one of the most effective ways to fight government power is casual disobedience -- not the kind of high-profile civil disobedience which deliberately seeks publicity and a legal battle, though that can be effective too, but breaking absurd laws with a minimum of fuss and publicity.