RE: PCs become supercomputers, law remains static

Billy Brown (
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 11:56:40 -0600

Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko wrote:
> Why is that that the regulatory bodies are so delusional they
> assume we live in a static world - where their very purpose
> should be formulated now as assurance of smooth growth
> of the society they should understand well enough to govern?
> Are they too stupid to extrapolate apparent trends, or there is
> something else in the system that makes it ignore them?

Government regulatory bodies are created, staffed, and informed by groups of people with a profoundly stasist world-view. Most of them really don't understand that the world is a dynamic place, despite the constant change that surrounds them. They see each individual change as some unique event unconnected to the others (or worse, as part of an Evil Conspiracy to destroy everything good in the world).

Such people don't plan for change, because they don't want it to happen. They want to make everything fit their particular vision of how things should be, so they craft static laws intended to change a set present into their desired form of stasis. They see the whole project as a one-time transition, so it seldom occurs to them to worry about whether their rules will continue to work as the world changes around them.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I