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CEI Podcast for December 1, 2011: The More Numerous the Laws…

Have a listen here.

The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that “Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt.” Today, the U.S. Code is over 47,000 pages long. The Code of Federal Regulations runs over 165,000 pages. Matt Patterson, CEI’s 2011-12 Warren Brookes Fellow, applies Tacitus’ insight to U.S. politics and discusses what it will take for substantive reforms to become politically possible.

Quotation of the Day

Fortune can bestow no higher benefit upon us, than the discord of our enemies.

-Tacitus, Germania, 33.179