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  • 11:31 The law is just a giant piece of software that executes on the (non-deterministic) machine of human society. #
  • 11:33 The machine of human society is complex and poorly understood; execution cycles are at least a generation long. #
  • 11:33 Debugging is done by our children. Lawmakers write massive software patches and sit back to wait for the test suite to run...for decades. #
  • 11:34 Modern-day life is outcome of our parents' and grandparents' attempts to patch the code. #
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And there are a lot of oddities in the underlying hardware...


The Law is the true embodiment
Of everything that's excellent.
It has no kind of fault or flaw,
And I, my Lords, embody the Law.

- W. S. Gilbert, Iolanthe (1882)