"The Greek law-giver, Solon, declared that in the ideal State laws are few and simple, because they have been derived from certainties. In the corrupt State, laws are many and confused, because they have been derived from uncertainties...
Where there are many laws there is much lawlessness, and men come to despise and ridicule the restraints that are imposed on freedom of action. Corrupt laws, resulting from efforts to amend inadequate legislation by further inadequate legislation, reveal a general ignorance of right and wrong. Where such ignorance exists the ideal function of democracy is impossible, and liberty degenerates into license."
Brother Manly Palmer Hall
The Secret Destiny of America (1944)