Wayne Dawson on Tue, 16 Sep 2003 03:55:20 -0400

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[PLUG] taking Legislation/laws discussion offlist

At 04:54 AM 9/14/03 -0400, you wrote:
Wayne Dawson:
Legislation doesn't allow things. It attempts to either (a) prohibit or (b) mandate.

A nice simplistic answer which ignores the effects of tax laws, the effect of regulations in limiting what outsiders can do to affect the regulated entity (consider electricity, and natural gas companies for example) and what happens in the real world. Linux and the *BSDs could not exist without laws, but neither could Microsoft. Without traffic laws, you don't get working roads either. Sadly, the pretense that laws only prohibit or mandate is just that a pretense that ignores what laws actually do.

I'm taking this offlist, in case anyone is interested.


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