An engineer is to physics as a lawyer is to...

"We basically have a world where six companies control everything," Lessig warned. "This concentration destroys the opportunity for free culture to flourish." Larry Lessig, lawyer, at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference as reported by Declan McCullagh.

My working theory on lawyers is this: lawyers are to the law as engineers are to the physics. Engineers need to build a bridge that doesn't fall down, they try to understand physics, wind speed, elasticity - and get around all of those constraints in a clever manner. Lawyers look at the law, all the requirements and procedures, and try to get around them.

In other words - don't trust a lawyer. They deliberately try to work around the law.

Six companies control everything my ass.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Mon 07 April 2003. Tags: business, commentary, technology