Latin Saying: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

In the most corrupt state are the most laws.

I have heard this expressed as “Laws are for the lawless.” A law does not change a person’s heart. A law will make a bad person be more careful so they don’t get caught. In a sense a law is aspirational. It is how we hope society to be not how it is. How it gets to that good place takes more than a law.

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4 thoughts on “Latin Saying: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.”

  1. 10 Cents:
    “Laws are for the lawless.”

    I think I agree with the sentiment.   But I also think that a true-er statement would be “laws are for the lawyers.”

    It has been about ten years since that economist’s study of western industrialized nations where he found a perfect negative correlation between GDP per capita and the number of lawyers per capita.

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  2. I think your point is only accurate by half.

    Are locks aspirational ?  Locks keep the dark hearted crook out, unless  he/she is determined. However, they keep me and others from temptation, as do laws. Without locks the slippery slope of temptation would make more dark hearted crooks. Same, without laws. Don’t you think more people would smoke dope if it were available at the liquor store ? Laws also keep the lawfull on the straight and narrow.

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  3. Kevin Schulte:
    I think your point is only accurate by half.

    Are locks aspirational ?  Locks keep the dark hearted crook out, unless  he/she is determined. However, they keep me and others from temptation, as do laws. Without locks the slippery slope of temptation would make more dark hearted crooks. Same, without laws. Don’t you think more people would smoke dope if it were available at the liquor store ? Laws also keep the lawfull on the straight and narrow.

    Good points. I will think about them before I address them.

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  4. 10 Cents:

    Kevin Schulte:
    I think your point is only accurate by half.

    Are locks aspirational ?  Locks keep the dark hearted crook out, unless  he/she is determined. However, they keep me and others from temptation, as do laws. Without locks the slippery slope of temptation would make more dark hearted crooks. Same, without laws. Don’t you think more people would smoke dope if it were available at the liquor store ? Laws also keep the lawfull on the straight and narrow.

    Good points. I will think about them before I address them.

    To go to a recent post, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. A rule or law can be made but that often doesn’t change the character of the person. In a weird way for some people it makes some people want to break it. “If it is wrong, it must be good.” is how some people view things. It is the idea of “Forbidden fruit tastes sweet.”

    I haven’t thought about locks. I guess they are aspirational. It is a “Keep Out!” sign. If you really wanted to break into a house you would smash a window.

    I think if something was legal and in a liquor store more people would buy it. It would be considered “safe”.

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