That Anonymous Coward is frustrated with the system and those who run it. Me too, though I have not lost hope. There are tools which aid public accountability of those in power; the ex-mayor of Laval, QC was just arrested on a charge of racketeering. A powerful anti-corruption agency did the investigation.
At the root, though, it is the people who must prefer to seek the truth and reject political bluster. In the U.S., politicians are happy to try to split the electorate into warring camps.
There is broad consensus that systems are broken, but no consensus as to how to fix them. But I don't despair, I keep reading blog posts!
Whenever I read unbelievable stories about the behavior of lawyers I am aghast that nobody mentions the public interest in policing the profession. The public needs its faith in the legal system restored by disbarring any lawyer who fails to meet high standards of ethics and competence and making room for young graduates. At the same time, the public needs to see the legal profession disciplining the law schools who graduate such incompetents.
The longer the people distrust their most important institutions, the greater the risk of revolution.
The important stress of an expanding population is not food, it's energy, with resultant global warming. Any true solution to the planetary energy crisis requires a smaller, more prosperous population, not a larger one.
Yes, regulators believe there should be more warnings, lawyers recommend more litigation, specialists generally tell us we need more professional care. The only way we overcome these pressures is for us generalists to assert our common sense, and reject the implication that we can't think for ourselves. Of course we need government, but not of the foolish, self-serving kind. We might begin with simplifying or repealing our complex and interwoven laws -- such as those that require warning messages!
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