When you live in a so called "Gilded Age," civil torts become criminalized. That's because in a Gilded Age, the upper class have a disproportionate amount of power. It's undemocratic. It's harks back to debtor's prisons.
COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray