Saturday, May 31, 2008

The latest resolution over Michigan and Florida illustrate the "Law of Unintented Consequences"

Today the DNC showed that its directions mean nothing. When it told Florida and Michigan that by holding their primaries early, their delegates would not be seated it laid down a rule which was impossible to keep. When the "superdelegate" system was set up, it was in response to one problem, but set up another. So often when business, government or any institution seeks to resolve a problem it initiates another. This is, in every case, because few have really thought it through - a very common human trait. We tend to jump to conclusions and make poorly thought through decisions. Much which goes wrong, from a failed new product to a lost war, is foreseeable, yet we do not think enough to realize that this is predictable.

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