Another reason why it’s virtually
impossible to expect the public to have a
general knowledge of laws is because the
government is busy amending old ones
and enacting new ones on an ongoing
basis making it inconceivable for people
to keep up with them all.

For example, I remember a few years ago
an acquaintance of mine excitedly
divulged to me that a girl he’d been dating
had just turned sixteen that very day and
he was finally going to have sex with her
that night. And yes, according to the law
that was perfectly legal. But only barely!
The Stephen Harper government had just
changed the sex laws, revising the
minimum age for engaging in relations of
the flesh upwards from fourteen to
sixteen. This change wasn’t announced
widely to the public by the government, I
only happened to hear about it on the
news.

As far as codes of conduct are concerned,
I think people’s natural sensibilities
inherently inform them at an early age of
the basic law of doing unto others as
you’d have them do unto you. You learn
early on from your parents and school
peers that there can be reciprocal
consequences arising from running afoul
of others. Poke someone in the eye and
see what happens next! We all get
programmed with the moral code of
human interaction pretty fast growing up.
By extension, most of us know that if you
hurt someone seriously enough you
might run into trouble with the law, at
least once you’ve reached a certain age. I
remember when I was a child, the police
never factored into the shenanigans kids
got into. You could be pretty fucking wild
and get away with it. Assault someone as
an adult and you might find the law
coming down on you, but engaging in a
full-on fistfight with an opponent in
school was not something that ever
incurred the wrath of law enforcement.
I’d be curious to know if things have
changed much today.

Personally, I’m quite pleased the
government doesn’t spend time trying to
indoctrinate us with countless rules and
regulations (although the news media IS
guilty of this transgression). On the
contrary, they’ve made it quite evident
that being forthcoming with laws is not
something they’re interested in doing.
That’s good because it’s something you’d
see in a totalitarian government anyway,
not a pseudo-democratic one like ours.
But I think the government lowers itself
to the level of swindling con artists when
it corners people in the courts and
elsewhere using laws we can’t be
expected to have knowledge of. By doing
so they’re showing themselves to be
deceitful and stupid and it only serves to
add to the resentment people have for
them.
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how can the government expect people to
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automatically know if something is illegal or not. The result of such a policy is that in
many cases a person might not even know if something’s illegal until they get taken to
task for it!

Take a look at the most extreme example of the crime of murder for instance.
According to what is implied in the news, murdering someone is an action that is
strictly forbidden in our society and will incur extreme punishment from the
authorities should you get caught perpetrating it. Yet the government doesn’t ever
come out and actually tell us that there’s this important rule on the books in Canada
that prohibits the killing of other people. And in fact most laws are the same -- they
are concealed and kept hidden from the public. They’re not spelled out for us.

Yes, in this age of the Internet you might be able to find laws on the web if you seek
them out, but they aren’t overtly declared to us. The only laws that the government
actually DOES disclose publicly are the laws regulating how fast we can drive our
cars -- the speed limit!

As a matter of fact, driving an automobile is the one single activity in which the
government DOES take measures to ensure that a person knows the basic legalities
surrounding it before you can partake in it. In order to obtain a driver’s license you
must first learn the rules and pass both an academic test and a practical test in a
vehicle prior to becoming an autonomous operator of a vehicle.

But why aren’t other areas of law pressed upon us by the government? Is it because
there are no other legal realms that are as important to the government as the driving
laws? That certainly isn’t the case. Quite the opposite really. As I’ve stated, most of
us know that there are other laws that when violated can elicit a much more vehement
response from the government than the reaction one gets for failing to stop at a stop
sign or parking your car in the wrong direction on a street.

It seems to me that it’s totally unlawful -- not to mention completely unjust -- for any
government to expect the public to comply with laws that are kept hidden from
everyone. How can you comply with these laws if you don’t know what they are?
You can’t! And believe me, there are a lot of ’em! Just take a look at the criminal
code paperback you can buy in bookstores -- it’s as thick as Stephen King’s The
Stand for goodness sake!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that ignorance of the law should be
used as some kind of carte blanche excuse for breaking the rules and getting away
with things. I absolutely believe we have a duty to act civilly and not impinge upon
others, like by physically harming or stealing from people for instance. But I think it
says a lot about a government that doesn’t make any real effort to educate young
people about the laws they are expected to abide by as residents of this country. And
it’s not like they don’t have the MEANS to educate them -- the government has most
of the country’s youth in its mandatory custody in schools for a decade or so before
they get released into the world. What better place to drill the rules into their heads
than in the school system with a mandatory class dedicated to laws of conduct?

An example of a law you’d think we’d be educated about in high school is the one
that requires us to file annual tax returns. Yet I don’t recall any mention of it
whatsoever, in school or elsewhere. The fact that the government is so silent about
this legal requirement amazes me, especially considering that it’s probably the one
single law that affects more people than any other law in existence. It seems to me
that if there is one law that students should be informed about in school it’s this one.

And what makes it even worse is that at the same time as the government is being so
reticent regarding laws, they preside over a massive infrastructure called the justice
system whose primary function it is to go after people they accuse of breaking those
concealed laws. And if you’ve ever been in the courts you’ll know that often lawyers
and even JUDGES (!) are quite clueless about laws themselves.

I believe that in a just world, using the defense that the law wasn’t ever formally
disclosed to you would in fact be a fair way to successfully challenge most charges
people are brought up on. No disclosure of the law? Then no conviction! But the
system doesn’t work that way and I think that’s bullshit.

It seems to me that the government’s negligence in hiding laws from us, combined
with their expectation that we abide by these laws which are not told to us, amounts
to a massive blow to the justice system’s credibility -- a blow so devastatingly
crippling it basically invalidates its credibility altogether!

This game of “gotcha” the government is playing with people regarding the law is
why the justice system stinks. In that seething cesspool of corruption it’s all about
government lawyers (and plaintiffs’ lawyers as well) having the upper hand on those
they target with their prosecutions and litigation. And by keeping most laws secret
they DO have the upper hand on us. This is concretely consistent with the legal
profession generally and it is the lawyers who in most cases are creating laws and in
ALL CASES given the task of enforcing them in the courts. They are power-hungry
control freaks who have an insatiable need to micro-manage their world to the
exclusion of all others. I discovered this firsthand in very difficult dealings I had with
lawyers for many years. I was shocked to discover that, as well as keeping the laws
hidden from us, if allowed to, attorneys will keep testimony secret, in addition to
actually keeping court proceedings (!) concealed from the very parties named in those
proceedings. That’s how bad the lawyers can be. Why are laws kept secret? Because
that’s the way the lawyers want it! The reason this can go on is because the bar
operates unpoliced, not subject to any form of meaningful regulatory enforcement
whatsoever.

Another reason why it’s virtually impossible to expect the public to have a general
knowledge of laws is because the government is busy amending old ones and
enacting new ones on an ongoing basis making it inconceivable for people to keep up
with them all.

For example, I remember a few years ago an acquaintance of mine excitedly divulged
to me that a girl he’d been dating had just turned sixteen that very day and he was
finally going to have sex with her that night. And yes, according to the law that was
perfectly legal. But only barely! The Stephen Harper government had just changed the
sex laws, revising the minimum age for engaging in relations of the flesh upwards
from fourteen to sixteen. This change wasn’t announced widely to the public by the
government, I only happened to hear about it on the news.

As far as codes of conduct are concerned, I think people’s natural sensibilities
inherently inform them at an early age of the basic law of doing unto others as you’d
have them do unto you. You learn early on from your parents and school peers that
there can be reciprocal consequences arising from running afoul of others. Poke
someone in the eye and see what happens next! We all get programmed with the
moral code of human interaction pretty fast growing up. By extension, most of us
know that if you hurt someone seriously enough you might run into trouble with the
law, at least once you’ve reached a certain age. I remember when I was a child, the
police never factored into the shenanigans kids got into. You could be pretty fucking
wild and get away with it. Assault someone as an adult and you might find the law
coming down on you, but engaging in a full-on fistfight with an opponent in school
was not something that ever incurred the wrath of law enforcement. I’d be curious to
know if things have changed much today.

Personally, I’m quite pleased the government doesn’t spend time trying to
indoctrinate us with countless rules and regulations (although the news media IS guilty
of this transgression). On the contrary, they’ve made it quite evident that being
forthcoming with laws is not something they’re interested in doing. That’s good
because it’s something you’d see in a totalitarian government anyway, not a pseudo-
democratic one like ours. But I think the government lowers itself to the level of
swindling con artists when it corners people in the courts and elsewhere using laws
we can’t be expected to have knowledge of. By doing so they’re showing themselves
to be deceitful and stupid and it only serves to add to the resentment people have for
them.
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What do I mean by secret? What I mean is
that the government doesn’t openly
inform us of them; they seem to expect
us to just automatically know if
something is illegal or not. The result of
such a policy is that in many cases a
person might not even know if
something’s illegal until they get taken to
task for it!

Take a look at the most extreme example
of the crime of murder for instance.
According to what is implied in the news,
murdering someone is an action that is
strictly forbidden in our society and will
incur extreme punishment from the
authorities should you get caught
perpetrating it. Yet the government
doesn’t ever come out and actually tell us
that there’s this important rule on the
books in Canada that prohibits the killing
of other people. And in fact most laws are
the same -- they are concealed and kept
hidden from the public. They’re not
spelled out for us.

Yes, in this age of the Internet you might
be able to find laws on the web if you
seek them out, but they aren’t overtly
declared to us. The only laws that the
government actually DOES disclose
publicly are the laws regulating how fast
we can drive our cars -- the speed limit!

As a matter of fact, driving an automobile
is the one single activity in which the
government DOES take measures to
ensure that a person knows the basic
legalities surrounding it before you can
partake in it. In order to obtain a driver’s
license you must first learn the rules and
pass both an academic test and a practical
test in a vehicle prior to becoming an
autonomous operator of a vehicle.

But why aren’t other areas of law pressed
upon us by the government? Is it because
there are no other legal realms that are as
important to the government as the
driving laws? That certainly isn’t the case.
Quite the opposite really. As I’ve stated,
most of us know that there are other laws
that when violated can elicit a much more
vehement response from the government
than the reaction one gets for failing to
stop at a stop sign or parking your car in
the wrong direction on a street.

It seems to me that it’s totally unlawful --
not to mention completely unjust -- for
any government to expect the public to
comply with laws that are kept hidden
from everyone. How can you comply with
these laws if you don’t know what they
are? You can’t! And believe me, there are
a lot of ’em! Just take a look at the
criminal code paperback you can buy in
bookstores -- it’s as thick as Stephen
King’s The Stand for goodness sake!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not
suggesting that ignorance of the law
should be used as some kind of carte
blanche excuse for breaking the rules and
getting away with things. I absolutely
believe we have a duty to act civilly and
not impinge upon others, like by
physically harming or stealing from
people for instance. But I think it says a
lot about a government that doesn’t make
any real effort to educate young people
about the laws they are expected to abide
by as residents of this country. And it’s
not like they don’t have the MEANS to
educate them -- the government has most
of the country’s youth in its mandatory
custody in schools for a decade or so
before they get released into the world.
What better place to drill the rules into
their heads than in the school system with
a mandatory class dedicated to laws of
conduct?

An example of a law you’d think we’d be
educated about in high school is the one
that requires us to file annual tax returns.
Yet I don’t recall any mention of it
whatsoever, in school or elsewhere. The
fact that the government is so silent about
this legal requirement amazes me,
especially considering that it’s probably
the one single law that affects more
people than any other law in existence. It
seems to me that if there is one law that
students should be informed about in
school it’s this one.

And what makes it even worse is that at
the same time as the government is being
so reticent regarding laws, they preside
over a massive infrastructure called the
justice system whose primary function it
is to go after people they accuse of
breaking those concealed laws. And if
you’ve ever been in the courts you’ll
know that often lawyers and even
JUDGES (!) are quite clueless about laws
themselves.

I believe that in a just world, using the
defense that the law wasn’t ever formally
disclosed to you would in fact be a fair
way to successfully challenge most
charges people are brought up on. No
disclosure of the law? Then no
conviction! But the system doesn’t work
that way and I think that’s bullshit.

It seems to me that the government’s
negligence in hiding laws from us,
combined with their expectation that we
abide by these laws which are not told to
us, amounts to a massive blow to the
justice system’s credibility -- a blow so
devastatingly crippling it basically
invalidates its credibility altogether!

This game of “gotcha” the government is
playing with people regarding the law is
why the justice system stinks. In that
seething cesspool of corruption it’s all
about government lawyers (and plaintiffs’
lawyers as well) having the upper hand on
those they target with their prosecutions
and litigation. And by keeping most laws
secret they DO have the upper hand on us.
This is concretely consistent with the
legal profession generally and it is the
lawyers who in most cases are creating
laws and in ALL CASES given the task of
enforcing them in the courts. They are
power-hungry control freaks who have an
insatiable need to micro-manage their
world to the exclusion of all others. I
discovered this firsthand in very difficult
dealings I had with lawyers for many
years. I was shocked to discover that, as
well as keeping the laws hidden from us,
if allowed to, attorneys will keep
testimony secret, in addition to actually
keeping court proceedings (!) concealed
from the very parties named in those
proceedings. That’s how bad the lawyers
can be. Why are laws kept secret?
Because that’s the way the lawyers want
it! The reason this can go on is because
the bar operates unpoliced, not subject to
any form of meaningful regulatory
enforcement whatsoever.