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I was in both two large corporations and the Army all of which sometimes are disturbingly similar to prison.

The way the world works is someone does something stupid or incomprehensible where the most minor detail includes topic X. The report of the foolishness goes up the infinite hierarchy of micromanagers to someone who wants to make a statement to his superior of his great leadership skills by permanently "solving" the problem by banning whatever topic X is. Then months or years later the individual event of stupidity is long forgotten but the weird written order against topic X will remain for all eternity...

And cynically this is how a bill becomes a law forever

I can't find the relevant video clip, but it's from a school house rock parody

I think it was Stallman who described the basic politicians syllogism.

Something must be done

I am doing something

Therefore something is being done

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