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#1 11 years ago

So we are reading Gulliver's Travels in Honors Brit Lit at school and I particularly liked this idea. Make it so that all laws passed in a country can have no more words then the number of letters in the alphabet.

So an American/English law could have no more then 26 words in it. Alternatively another test could be to give the law to a B grade high school senior and ask him to interpret the law. If he does so correctly the law can be pushed farther forward along the process to becoming a law. If he can't understand it then you have to rewrite it to make it simpler.

Basically what I am saying is that it is ridiculous how overly complex the laws in a country can be. If you want people to follow the law shouldn't you make it simple enough for most people to understand?




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#2 11 years ago

Well, I don't blame the Americans for the fact that their education system is a bit flawed and they are way down in the bottom area of the top educated countries.

I agree with you that the laws tend to be overly complex, but we all do know the common laws don't we?




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#3 11 years ago

Nusentinsaino;3517032Well, I don't blame the Americans for the fact that their education system is a bit flawed and they are way down in the bottom area of the top educated countries.

I agree with you that the laws tend to be overly complex, but we all do know the common laws don't we?

More what I mean is the interpretation of said laws. Why do we hire lawyers? Because they know a thousand different ways to interpret the same laws. why not just make the law so simple it CAN'T be interpreted any other way?

I've read some laws that even I can interpret in a number of ways and I just find it rather silly. Make laws simple, concise, and to the point.




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#4 11 years ago

Afterburner;3517040More what I mean is the interpretation of said laws. Why do we hire lawyers? Because they know a thousand different ways to interpret the same laws. why not just make the law so simple it CAN'T be interpreted any other way?

I've read some laws that even I can interpret in a number of ways and I just find it rather silly. Make laws simple, concise, and to the point.

Makes plenty of sense to me. The complexity of laws is the whole reason we have the ridiculous lawsuits we do: purely intrepretation. It should be crystal clear what's allowed and what is not. Break a law, assume the burden of responsibility for it, now lengthy lawsuits. That's not to say that a person shouldn't have a right to a fair trial, but when these take years and years to reach a conclusion, something's obviously wrong. It's obvious that in such a complex society there need to be necessarily complex laws, but we have now is ridiculous.




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#5 11 years ago

If you want to describe a law in such a way that it leaves no room for further interpretation you'll have to use more than 26 words because of all the different situations you have to cover.

I'm not familiar with American law, but German law isn't so hard to understand, the difficult part is to get an overview of how the laws work and how different paragraphs interact with each other.




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#6 11 years ago

There needs to be a balance between ease of understanding and adequate explanation. Laws should be as concise as possible but without leaving too much room for interpretation. What constitutes a violation of the law and what does not needs to be clearly defined.