Insurrections, transitions, monitoring transactions and 2021, Jan. 1–8

Each Friday, Legislation Decoded delivers evaluation on the week’s essential tales within the realms of coverage, regulation and regulation.

Editor’s word

January takes its identify from Janus, the god of transitions and the guardian or the gates of Rome, trying all the time ahead and backwards.

So whereas this has been happening for over two millennia, solely every week into 2021 I’m totally bored with retrospectives and prognostications. My private takeaways from 2020 had been fairly existential: we’re however sentient mud; life comes at you quick; man plans and God laughs and so forth. However whereas I grew extra suspicious of the establishment of prediction, I bought much more diligent about flossing, so at the least one decision panned out. 

The previous a number of weeks have been wealthy sufficient in crypto coverage information that I don’t really feel a lot want to enter abstractions in regards to the future, however that does not imply I’ll completely chorus from making reckless predictions. Loads of what we’ve seen just lately in U.S. coverage has needed to do with the approaching transition from one administration to the following, which is able to dominate the following twelve days.

Whereas quite a lot of authorities businesses run by presidential appointees have hustled to get last guidelines out earlier than getting swept away by Biden’s replacements, the storm of the Capitol Constructing Wednesday night was sufficient of a shock and an outrage as to trigger every thing else to come back to a screeching halt. It additionally appears to have washed away the final significant help the outgoing president had on the federal stage. Within the U.S. at the least, it seems to be like the following two weeks are going to be all about containing Trump.