“There ought to be a law” nghĩa là gì?
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“There ought to be a law!” = cần có luật -> nghĩa là điều đáng phản đối đã xảy ra hoặc ai đó làm trái luật.
So, you’re exasperated after looking out your pet-free condo window for the umpteenth time to catch a glimpse (sự thoáng hiện, ý nghĩ lờ mờ) of your neighbor walking by with—of all the nerve—her emotional support chicken. And to top it off, the chicken even has its own emotional support chicken! Your blood boils as she walks by. There ought to be a law!
In times of trouble, we often can’t help ourselves. We immediately cry out, “There ought to be a law.” However, when making current laws, a principle of economics keeps rearing its ugly head. This principle is sometimes referred to as a law itself: the law of unintended consequences. Much economic research has shown that the actions of people and institutions have effects that are often unanticipated or unintended. Such consequences may be positive, others negative. The latter are most easily spotted.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t adopt the rule, or some form of it. We should give no quarter to discrimination (sự phân biệt) or harassment (sự quấy rối/xâm phạm) in any form in our practices or our courts. But if we’re going to try to tease out the line Palko attempted to define, we’d best do it carefully and with a good legislative record to support it, beyond the usual “there ought to be a law.” Just because something’s a good idea or long overdue doesn’t mean it’ll survive strict scrutiny (sự kiểm tra nghiêm ngặt) if challenged on constitutional grounds. The devil, as always, will be in the details.
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