Thursday, March 26, 2015

SelectiveEnforcement

We see it all the time, everywhere.  Those charged with enforcing laws/rules/regulations stridently uphold some and seemingly look the other way on others.

Why does this happen?

  • Often the sheer number of laws/rules/regulations make enforcement of them an overwhelming impossibility.  Cases in point: the U.S. tax code, environmental protection regs, student handbooks in schools, etc. 
  • Sometimes the enforcer(s) fundamentally disagree the with the laws/rules/regulations.  Been there, done that.
  • Occasionally the enforcer(s) can be bribed or extorted.  Sometimes they get caught, but rarely.
Almost always, those that create the laws/rules/regulations aren't responsible for their enforcement (and don't want to be).

Enforcement is a tricky and unpleasant business, especially when the laws/rules/regulations seem trivial or downright senseless.

As long as we insist on having pages, tomes, volumes, of laws/rules/regulations, we're going to have selective enforcement.  

And, injustice. 


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