Mar 312008

Should an eleven-year-old be allowed to administer his school’s computer network? NetworkWorld article here.

An interesting bunch of comments follow the article, revealing that most NetworkWorld readers who comment on articles probably don’t have the maturity of the average eleven-year-old. Then there are those who say it’s child labor, depriving some adult of a job.

It isn’t, and nobody is openly suggesting the government regulate this, but it’s a great demonstration of the perils of government regulation. How do you possibly make rules to cover the huge variety of human circumstances? You don’t, except by constraining human behavior into narrow categories that don’t comprehend all of reality.

There are lessons here for health care regulation, financial services regulation, you name it.