September 9, 2016
When officials enforce laws in bizarre ways, taxpayers pay
The “butterfly effect,” as used in chaos theory, is the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil may help cause a tornado in Kansas. In law and politics, the
butterfly effect is both more prosaic and more perverse. It shows us that a state legislator’s mother becoming annoyed in a gift shop in Sacramento can prevent a civil war buff from displaying his painting at the art show at a state fair in Fresno. That is precisely what happened.
Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.