“The majestic equality of the law, which forbids both rich and poor to sleep under the bridges, beg in the streets and steal bread.” Anatole France, in Paris.

Further east and earlier, Leonard Euler, the great mathematician, used the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg as an example of connections.  He proved that a person could not visit each part of of the city while crossing each bridge only once.  Like a person navigating the desks of a bureaucracy imagined by Kafka.

Connecting these ideas, the paperwork of law acts like tolls on the bridges of society. While paperwork is required of all, it is more burdensome to some. It masks inconsistent treatment. The slow-down at the toll booth affects even well-informed travelers.

Euler’s math and its offspring, graph databases, seem a good fit with codified text.

For bridge fans — Konigsberg’s islands resemble those of Paris. But the bridge count in Paris is different, so it is possible to visit all parts of Paris without crossing a bridge more than once. This seems to remain so even if we lawyer the problem by excluding, say, pedestrian or one-way bridges. Anyone see a differentiator that will make the number of bridges odd for three of the land masses? Paris, kilometre 0.