If you could change a law from any time in history, which would you change and what impact would this have?
I've been debating on how to answer this since I saw a few answers on my f-list earlier this morning.
My gut reaction would be Levitcal law could use clarification, if only so I could better understand how "You will not boil a goat in its mother's milk" equates to "You shall not eat cheeseburgers unless the meat is actually vegiburger."
However, thanks to my genetics, part of my personality (well-hidden, I might add) is an 80 year old Scottish Calvinist from the late Reformation who makes Kinsey's dad look like a whore and a hedonist. Therefore, I can't use Levitical law because to change them would be to change the really awesome things that came because of them. It's a bit like people arguing original intent over the US Constitution. Seriously. Torah/Biblical/Koranic law and the US Constitution all have the bad habit of being argued about based on what peaople many many years ago were thinking when they wrote it. Now, to go off on a tangent here, in all of these cases, these laws were written down by men, some a long time after the laws were passed down orally, or in other cases written down by committie. So you'll forgive me if I don't buy into anyone's argument over original intent, given that both sides can show compelling documentation proving their opinion is the correct one.
Anyway, my next idea was tax code, but given how hard it is for me to balance my checkbook without just checking my balance on-line, I'm the absolute last person who should even dabble in any kind of econ activity.
So, my final answer would have to be Hammurabi's Code. (I probably mis-spelled that horribly; it's been ages since I last studied Mesopotamian Antiquity.) The concept of "Eye for an Eye, tooth for a Tooth" remains concealed within a lot of modern criminal law, which wouldn't bug me so much if it were enforced unilaterally against everyone. I'm sure we can all point to anecdotal evidence of people getting a hell of a lot less punishment because of who they are vs some nobody locked up for life for the exact same thing. for all our talk of equal opportunity, I sometimes feel that justice is enforced in a way that really does undermine the principles of equal justice under the law.
But that's my opinion, and my heart bleeds.