When you mix this quote from Author C. Clark
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
with Halnon’s Razor
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
you get Grey’s law
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.
Update: Thanks to Wedge for leaving a comment identifying the last quote as Grey’s law.
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The saying has a name “Grey’s Law”, but so far as I can tell nobody can definitively determine the phrase’s origin.
Thanks for posting this. It’s deceptively simple but seems to apply to many aspects of personal and professional life.
“Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.” — sounds like an apt description of politicians.