Saturday, November 29, 2008

Siege Engines Don't Build

Assistant Village Idiot expands on an earlier post about the problem with politicians who are lawyers:
As an analogy, lawyers are trained in the attacking and defending of castles. This is not a bad thing, as defending from attack is what castles are ultimately for. To defend well, you need to think like an attacker. To attack well, you must think like a defender.

But neither skill has anything to do with building a castle, which is a separate skill. In terms of business, military, trade, and the other important skills of building, it is worth noting that lawyers know nothing about making any of those things. They can attack them and defend them. What we eventually come to is an endless round of attacking and defending castles, with no one building any new ones.
I'm a lawyer--but I agree.


OBloodyHell said...

So, Come The Revolution, the first thing we do is... kill all the lawyers...?


Time for a profession change, Carl.



Carl said...

Believe me, OBH, if I could figure out how to get paid for writing, I would change professions.