No, it’s not possible to follow all the rules
So I created a bit of controversy with a series of posts, the last of which was here. It started with potential serious legal trouble I face from something I did not do (I did not 1. drive the car in question unregistered; 2. put false plates on it; and 3. put a “for sale” sign on it on the streets of Trenton, NJ, giving the legal authorities there ground to say it was “abandoned” on their streets, three things for which I was ticketed). All I did was sell my car to a business that happened to be an agent of Geico and of Penndot.
But I didn’t send my plate into Penndot.
That gives the bureaucrat in power, DMV agent mindset, just an inch of “you didn’t follow the rules” sentiment to take a mile out of.
I still say, no, I did no wrong, because it’s impossible to “follow all the rules” of bureaucracy. Sure, historical hindsight being 20/20, post hoc, knowing what would happen, one can, looking back, say, “yes of course I would have dotted that i or crossed that t.” The problem is, even the best of us can’t dot and cross all of them.
(And the personal information I gave about my lack of trouble making was meant to evidence that, though imperfect, I’m better than the vast majority of most at it.)
The argument in Gary North’s article is proof. Yes, I know who he is and that he’d stone me to death in his first best world. That doesn’t touch his argument. Rather that’s the genetic fallacy. By way of analogy, Kinsey accurately described the phenomenon of the sexual orientation continuum. There are all sorts of issues with his research. But that doesn’t poison his entire well. A broken clock is right twice a day.
Indeed, Gary North is no disciple of Saul Alinsky (and I’m no disciple of either of them). But that’s from whom he learned this insight.