Comment 66261

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 15, 2011 at 17:31:20

Are they following their own political ideology? Certainly. But another explanation is that maybe they're just being lazy.

A very good point. The "local" costs of spending a lot of time writing policies often outweighs the "global" costs of the decisions themselves. At least for decision-makers. Think about prohibition (of any kind). It's a very easy policy to write ("no"), but usually virtually impossible to carry out. Why does it continue? Because for those in power, it's easier to stick with the status quo than to find a balanced and fair solution which works for everybody (which is never easy).

Really creative solutions involve widening the base of people involved in making these decisions, so that people who are actually involved in paying the broader costs can speak up about them. Also, creativity usually comes best from a diverse range of voices.

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