Scofflaw

by Dave Schuler on February 5, 2013

Scofflaw, noun

A person who flouts the law, esp. by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively.

There’s something that’s been puzzling me. How effective is a law likely to be in changing the behavior of someone who is, by definition, a scofflaw? I.e., membership in the class of individuals whose behavior you’re trying to change implies that the individual is a scofflaw; they can’t be included in the class without being one.

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Jimbino February 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I’m a proud scofflaw: I won’t stand for pledges or anthems, and I make noise during moments of silence. I find that those practices infringe my rights of conscience and speech.

I also film cops as they abuse our civil rights.

Drew February 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

“I’m a proud scofflaw: I won’t stand for pledges or anthems, and I make noise during moments of silence. I find that those practices infringe my rights of conscience and speech.”

Cloak it in the thin veneer conscience if you like………its just childish.

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