Laws are Fucking Useless (Almost)

“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.”

Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755)

Indeed. How are we supposed to take laws seriously if states like Alabama make it illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket and New York make it illegal to beat a dirty carpet on a sidewalk? The existence of these inane laws shows how arbitrary the system of lawmaking is.

Actually, laws are for the most part rather useless.

Have you ever tried to discipline a child (or a childlike person)? What happens when you repeatedly tell them that some act is taboo or verboten? Bam – reverse psychology runs amok and the kid (or kid-like person) is compelled to do said forbidden act. I would like to see research conducted on alcoholism vs prohibition of alcohol. Do stricter alcohol laws create greater alcohol problems? Underage teens aren’t allowed to drink and are told that drinking is damn near evil. So what do so many of them do? Hold crazy parties with plenty of booze, make piss poor decisions of how much they can handle and what boundaries they can cross. 

Instead of making laws forbidding people from doing stuff, why not invest in education and positive reinforcement techniques? Alcohol is not inherently bad. Moderate consumption of alcohol can improve the atmosphere at a party, make you loose and free-flowing. And it is even okay to get blackout drunk – just don’t fuck other people up in the process.

Land of the free, my ass. Teach people to live sustainably, not restrictively.

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7 thoughts on “Laws are Fucking Useless (Almost)

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    • Making such laws shows a misunderstanding of power and psychology (and let’s throw sociology into the mix, too). On the outset, it was a bunch of people with good intentions, trying to stop rampant drinking and all the sin that so obviously springs from it, while not understanding how the mechanics of being human work. Silly and naive is all it is.

      (Of course, I’ll concede that there was very likely more to it and I honestly do not know what the deeper intentions were).

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