I’m being specific here in saying ‘de-frame’ rather than ‘reframe’ – because I think the conversation has already been reframed in a misleading way, and I want to bring it back to the centre.
So here we go: Regulations are, most often, about health, safety, and protection.
I’ve been hearing regulations being thrown about as an epithet, some evil force put upon by malicious entities designed to… well, they don’t really say, do they? They just keep talking about them like they’re evil and bad and must be gotten rid of or else.
Thing is, they didn’t just come out of the blue. They’re written into law to ensure a civilized and functioning society that is working to keep all people healthy, alive, and free to pursue what they want. Without being burdened and oppressed by injury, illness, degraded conditions, financial shenanigans, hoodwinks, or a number of other things to have to deal with. They are there to release us from malicious actors.
This talk about “regulations are the devil” and “if only there weren’t regulations, everything would be glorious golden roses for everyone” is beyond rose-coloured glasses, it’s disingenuous.
There is an intent. “Don’t frick other people over.” Few would have issue with that intent (and if you do, well, that’s telling). We can talk about the most effective way to achieve that intent. Please! Let’s have that conversation. Let’s create that more perfect union.
But let’s not get all BS about it and turn the view about regulations into them being some sort of scourge.