Fun piece about a particular band of nutters. Statutory law doesn\’t apply to me because I\’m a freeman on the land, woo, woo.
But in the comments this:
Incidentally, this touches on a particular fascination of mine: WHY THE HELL ARE NUTTERS ALWAYS ENGINEERS? They seem to be vastly over-represented in the ranks of the entire spectrum of lunacy from young-earth creationism to holocaust denial. Bin Laden had an engineering degree.
Joe, Bin Laden wasn’t the only one: Quite a few of the 9/11 hijackers had engineering degrees, too.
I think it’s something to do with seeing the world in a mechanistic way, devoid of grey area which require interpretation. That’s valuable in engineering, but not so great when you apply this to the law.
It\’s much the same in banking, finance and economics. The nutters often turn out to be engineers, looking at this corner of the world as engineers do.
Social Credit for example. If we just calculate all the profits of the country, (I may have this a little messed up but still) and then pay it as a citizens\’ dividend then she\’ll be right. This is all backed up by explaining the economy as being like a hydraulic system.
Well, yeah, sorta. The hydraulic analogy can be useful at times (and machines have been built to do such modelling, it\’s not a figment of Sir Pterry\’s imagination) but it is an analogy, not a simile nor a real description.
One major conceptual problem being that we\’re actually pretty sure that we cannot calculate the economy in real time, cannot compute the profit that should be the citizens\’ dividend, in anything other than archaeological timescales. At which point the whole idea rather falls over of course.
No, I do not mean to imply that engineers are nutters: but all too many nutters are engineers and I do think it comes from that engineering mindset. This idea that all things are computable, we can work out detailed answers to what and how and why and where. Yet much of economics is trying to point out that we can\’t (and a certain accountant seems to have a touch of the engineer in him here) and it certainly doesn\’t do to stare at fractional reserve banking too hard while thinking like an engineer.
Yes, we know it\’s a confidence trick, it\’s just a very useful one.