Calm Reflection

After observing the trajectory of the Zimmerman trial/Martin Case, it would appear that the American sense of justice is both individualistic and subjective.

It also appears that there is considerable disrespect for the role of law.

I consider the first natural, human, but the second I also attribute to the nature of laws in the Yankee republic. They are both too numerous and too enduring. I have already commented how several years ago the number of laws became so great that each citizen was statistically likely to violate at least one daily.

As a flight of fancy, I offer a solution to this, at least in part if not in whole. It is nothing less than a complete renormalization of our catalog of laws:

  • There shall be no more than 100 national laws, 50 state laws, and 25 county/parish/city laws;
  • Each law will be expressed in no more than 100 words;
  • Ten years after enactment, and every ten years thereafter, each law shall be subject to a referendum to determine its continuance; and
  • Each citizen will opt in/out of all geographically relevant laws.

The latter requires some exposition. For previously enacted laws, the citizen will opt in/out to individual laws at his/her majority; otherwise upon implementation of new laws. Citizens who opt out of a law are neither protected nor subject to that law. For example, a person who opts out of a murder law would not be punished for murder but neither would anyone who murdered that person; alternately, if one opts out of a road taxation law then one would not pay road taxes but would also not be amble to drive on the roads. Opting would be one time and irreversible.  And the record of a citizen’s opting would be public and freely available.


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