Rules? We Don’t Need Your Stinking Rules!

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. J.D. Bolick says:

    This decision is uproariously funny, not just because they’re indulging in something highly illogical at the behest of psychologists of all people, but because it is a perfect illustration of the trend in Europe toward a second period of romanticism. When reason is banished even from highly dangerous conditions in favor of “feelings,” you know things have gotten out of hand. It will be amusing to see how this unfolds, I just hope there aren’t too many deaths and mangled limbs in the process before they wake up and rejoin the rest of the rational world.

  2. Alfredo Escalona says:


    This is a perfect example of all-or-nothing-thinking.

    The problem is the ridiculous proliferation of different signs. What is needed is to prioritize signs, keep the most important, and get rid of the rest. Keep stop signs, one-way signs, etc.

    Otherwise, what you will do is slow traffic to a standstill as everyone stops at every intersection and timidly looks left and right before crossing. Not to mention the explosion of lawsuits for not obeying non-existent rules.

    This is a thinly-disguised full-employment act for lawyers. What little efficiency will be gained in smaller towns will be demolished by massive slowdowns in larger cities and courtroom case explosion.

  3. Johannah T says:

    I think this European traffic experiment may work, accidents have declined where the traffic sign prohibition exists. Pedestrians walk about in all sorts of crowded places without bumping into one another, and without traffic signs. I think, when driving, we tend to dehumanize the drivers in other cars which, I think, makes it easier to cut some off or rush through a yellow light.

    Bravo, I say, and I hope it proves successful and the rest of the world follows suit.

  4. Antiquated Tory says:

    For f**k’s sake, the town they’ve tried this in is in West Friesland. There are more cows than drivers there. The Dutch are smug little good citizens by and large, this is more true in rural areas, more true in the Calvinist north, and most true of the Frisians vs the Dutch proper.

    Try this in the Czech Republic, where men drive with their little head instead of their big one as it is, and we have the highest rate of pedestrians hit by drivers. Only the blanket granting of pedestrian right of way has begun to even make a dent in it.

  5. Heather R says:

    Bravo, indeed. Although – *please* don’t replace sidewalks with cobbles! I’m a wheelchair user, and you just can’t roll a wheelchair over cobbles. I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere…