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The new Board of Supervisors should make its own rules
The new Board of Supervisors should make its own rules

One of the many thorns thrust into the sides of law students is the requirement that they learn the Rule Against Perpetuities, a complicated, ancient but still sensible legal formula that is meant to restrict a person's continuing ability, after death, to dictate how future generations may use his property. Some delightfully morbid English legal commentator explained that the rule was meant to prevent a person from extending his virtual dead hand from the grave to govern the living. A rich man certainly could leave his property to the next generation, and could even condition the inheritance on particular behavior — for example, my son will come into my fortune only if he weds...

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