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You know this talk is AWESOME because normally I DGAF about TED.

March 15th, 2014

Plus, I’m embedding it. How often do I do that?

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h/t NPR: Is The Law Making Is Less Free? (spoiler: Yes!)

(use that link if the embed doesn’t work, WordPress seems to be doing something weird with embeds)

Some juicy bits:

Law has to be simple enough so that people can internalize it in their daily choices. If they can’t internalize it, they won’t trust it. And how do you make it simple? Because life is complex, and here is the hardest and biggest change: We have to restore the authority to judges and officials to interpret and apply the law.


As you’re going down, and walking down the sidewalk during the day, you have to think that if there is a dispute, there’s somebody in society who sees it as their job to affirmatively protect you if you’re acting reasonably. That person doesn’t exist today.

And to reassure my politically correct/progressive fans that this guy’s not some tool (and believe me, I was waiting to hear “tort reform” presented as a solution, it’s not)

… because we got into this legal quicksand because we woke up in the 1960s to all these really bad values: racism, gender discrimination, pollution — they were bad values. And we wanted to create a legal system where no one could have bad values anymore. The problem is, we created a system where we eliminated the right to have good values.

Damn. Can I get an amen?¬† Hopefully this guy doesn’t turn out to be some sheep humper.



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