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  • They were arguing about some legality that had arisen about the land; no one could understand the convoluted regulations. Although each had his own interpretation of the finer points, they did agree that the law was stupid. The building was deemed illegal and had to come down.

    All they had was the land, and the taxes they paid seemed far out of proportion to the benefit they got from the government. No protection at all against the ridiculous construction rules and regulations. And every interaction with the civil servants in the offices took hours. And every issue finally ticked off the local's list took several trips. The persistence and tenacity that they show in the face of the twisted bureaucracy is astounding. They just keep going.
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