I’m getting kind of tired about the amount of people who are treating this like Savo’s problem was that he had a really horribly stupid idea. Lots of people have really horribly stupid ideas. One of my neighbors somewhere I lived before thought that criminality was caused by a habit of impoliteness so anyone who doesn’t say good morning and such should be sent to government reeducation camps. These people tell their friends about their ideas, or write about them on blogs, and then completely nothing happens.
Savo’s problem was that he was in the government. When you’re in the government and have ideas, what you’re supposed to do with them is consult people, and consult researchers, and talk to your fellow government members, and bring them up for debate, and all that. Then the horribly stupid ideas get weeded out and people mostly only have to deal with the regular level ones. Savo’s problem is that he didn’t do that. He just went and did the thing. And the problem is that he had the power to do that and there weren’t protections around to keep him from doing that. if it weren’t for that, he could have all the horribly stupid ideas he wanted and we would all be just fine.