Testable Laws

April 27, 2017

I've been thinking a lot about government, and it's shortcomings.  There is something I think would be a great improvement to the functionality of government. 

Testable Laws.

The idea is that any new law that is proposed would be analagous to a hypothesis.  The point of laws are to change society for the better, so we want to ensure that when a new law is passed that is the case.   There are many laws that have added no real benefit to society or laws that have actually had negative repercussions. 

For instance the DEA was established July 1, 1973.  It's goal was to lower the amount of drug use in the country.

If you look at the chart on this website: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/chart-says-war-drugs-isnt-working/322592/

You can see that the DEA is an inneffective solution to the problem.  Now we are spending a huge amount of money on an organization that is inneffective.  What if when the law was proposed, there were milestones, to lower drug addiction.  After a few years, one would have to conclude this law is not doing what it intended to do.  It could then be scrapped and a new law with different ideas could be put in place, and also tested to see what it's influence is.  

It should be a requirement that no law can be proposed without some method to prove it's efficacy.  Perhaps a database could be put into effect as well do determine how often a law is used in a court of law.  If some silly law no longer applies anymore, we can remove and attempt to keep the legal system free from uneeded complexity.  

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