It is often said that in order to enable fair competition what we want is a “level playing field.” Baloney, what we ALL want is an advantage. For only the superior party, though, is a level playing field an advantage. To tip the playing field, those in “power” make the “rules” complicated, or at least to seem to be so. Complex rules make it easier for the insider to get or give an advantage. With complicated rules outsiders will have much more difficulty with compliance. Failure to comply with the rules makes it easier to selectively exclude or punish someone. Of course, insiders can still help their friends or forgive them for failure to comply.
To illustrate: picture the intersection of two roads. An apparent objective of regulation is to prevent crashes. To enable discrimination, though, mount a black and white rectangular sign with the text of the statute, in small letters, describing the rules of traffic flow across an intersection. Ignorance is no excuse. To level the playing field, somewhat, mount large 8-sided signs, painted with large white letters (STOP) on a background of red reflective paint. (Still, laws are mostly for the law abiding.) Even with a clear sign, the police can still decide to whom to give a ticket, and the courts can decide how (or if) to punish a reported offense. Guess who get the breaks?