> > But they [drivers who slowed down on seeing the police] were up to
> > that point violating the law; they are only taking care to avoid having the
> violation OBSERVED.
> Thank you for confirming my point: The meaning of the law is in the
> prediction of consequences. In those cases where the agents can predict
> that there are no undesirable consequences, the law is meaningless. (01)
And therefore, the law and its legislated consequences are not a prediction of
behavior. There are several other variables involved in predicting legal v.
I repeat: Holmes explanation of the practical meaning of the law is not an
axiom. The philosophy of 'enforcement' of deontic rules is an entirely
separate topic. (02)
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