Summers Axioms: A collection of short laws on different subjects

Pro-Crime Legislation…

1. Where there is an established conflict between the law-abiding and criminals outlawing anything used in that conflict is a great benefit to the criminals.

The Dog in the Manger Fable Applied …

2. The one who takes responsibility and protects his office but does not fulfill his responsibilities very well often makes the problems he was supposed to solve much worse than if nobody was responsible.

A Map is a Map …

3. Having a simplistic model of a complex situation is often helpful. Acting as though the simple model is the complex situation is often evil.

Prisons are full of those who believe they are innocent…. 

4. Just because you do not believe in evil does not mean you are not evil.

Lazy governments want to resolve conflict. A good one wants to make peace. 

5.Conflict resolution and peacemaking are not the same thing.   Survival of all ecosystems including human ones and the balance of civilizations depends largely on unresolved conflicts.

The Peter Principle is it…

6. Very often in many civilizations important decisions are made by those certain to do the worst possible job.

A star quarterback is not also coach, referee and commissioner…

7. Beautiful young women of all types play a very important role in any healthy human culture but are not supposed to invent and police the entire role they play all by themselves.

Never use a hammer to kill the mosquito on your friends forehead  and never seek to be seen as the cowardly bully …

8. Maximum concentration of force is always bad policy. One want to use exactly the smallest force in any war which will achieve all desired objectives. The secret is not to have so many ideas based on false optimism and bad applications when estimating what is needed.

Those who always speak  in serious absolutes seldom say worthwhile things …

9. If war is not a game then do not expect anyone to win, don’t expect time out, rule discussions or referees. If war is not a game it is just slaughter and it is hard to understand what that really means — but I do.

“Let the little children come unto me. For of such is the Kingdom of God…”

10.  Many people do not ever want to be reasonable — not ever. However, none of those people are children.

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