Three Laws

Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:

 

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

In Asimov’s book, I robot, the robots were a servant class and these rules were put into place (hard wired) to protect the citizens.  I was thinking, Politicians are supposed to be civil servants so maybe the same rules should apply to them… or is that idea put into place long ago?

 

The three laws of Politicians:

 

  1. A politician may not injure a citizen or, through inaction, allow a citizen to come to harm.
  2. A politician must obey orders given to it by citizens, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A politician must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

I can see how in this instance a politician, like robots, would go crazy trying to follow these rules.  I can also see how politicians would enact all sorts of laws to protect citizens from ourselves including the banning harmful objects, smoking, sharp corners, harsh language, and fattening foods.  Then enforcing the observance of safer practices like soft playgrounds, helmet laws, seat belt laws, etc…  They would work hard to sacrifice freedom for security in the name of safety with our best interest in mind, faithfully following the three laws.

Of course this is just fantasy, but what if this was turned around it could also protect politicians from us citizens…

 

The three laws of Citizens:

  1. A private citizen may not injure a politician or, through inaction, allow a politician to come to harm.
  2. A private citizen must obey orders given to them by politicians, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A private citizen must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Hmmmmm….

It makes me wonder.  Maybe both are in use today, but both Politicians and citizens believe it only applies to them?  Politicians do not seem aware that they are citizens.  Or is it the other way around?

 

-pf

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6 thoughts on “Three Laws

  1. DING DING DING! Give that man a cigar! Oh… except, those are bad for you, so you’re not allowed to light it, chew it or be in the same room with it.

    The error that has infected things is that politicians are NOT citizens. Doubt me? Let’s look at Congress, shall we? First, there’s the unbelievable health care package that covers… well… pretty much everything short of a boob job for the mistress. Now look at… oh… any one else’s health care in this country. Hmmmm.

    How about work schedules? They slave away about 130 days a year! My GOD! How do they ever make it?!? Then there’s the full pension at age 50 and the pay (about $200,000 per annum WITH an expense account that would make monarchs drool). Gee. I wonder who voted them all these perks? Oh… right.

    As Napoleon form “Animal Farm” put it, “Some are created more equal than others.”

    Robots < Citizens Politicians.

    -Turkish Prawn

  2. S. Le says:

    Doubt it would work for any human. People are natural born sociopaths. Oh wait, we were talking about politicians. They are aliens. You didn’t mention aliens. The rules do not apply then.

  3. planetross says:

    You think too much! … but that is a good thing.

  4. Burrowowl says:

    @TP – I suppose we should settle for congress-critters that are willing to maintain two residences for, what? $42,000 per year? Paying congressional salaries that would be reasonable for a modestly-successful lawyer isn’t very excessive (median for a salaried lawyer is a hair over $100,000/year).

  5. Dad says:

    Another of the great laws that Heinlein may have forgotten is the one about not forgetting your baby boys birthday! Happy Birthday Dale!

  6. @BO- The problem isn’t about the pay, but the bennies. There’s a lot of extra loot and goodies that congressmen can tap into. That has a drastic impact on what the take home money winds up being. The real issue here is running for office. THAT’S the real job and the place where far more effort goes into. We have life long, professional technocrats and that does not do us well in the end (IMHO).

    (BTW, I find it mildly amusing that both our handles shorten to entertaining letters. TP and BO. Too bad that Mike over at The Big Stick didn’t pick Bull Moose!)

    -Turkish Prawn

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