In light of this, a story:

Where I went to college, there was a bridge over a river. Students liked to jump off the bridge into the river, especially when drunk. Obviously the town did not like this. Their solution – put a sign on the bridge that said “$100 fine for jumping off bridge.”

What do you think happened?

Of course you probably realized that, if anything, this increased bridge-jumping. $100? For the über-privileged scions of wealth and power at my “elite” university, the less-than-50% chance that you may get caught and have to pay $100 (or more likely withdraw $100 from the First National Bank of Momanddad) was a piddling consequence.

In effect, the bridge-jumping fine became a bridge-jumping fee. Or a bridge-jumping tax.

Which is to say, these things are not so different.

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