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Hanlon’s Razor

Hanlon’s Razor – Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. From Robert A. Heinlein’s 1941 short story “Logic of Empire” (“You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity”). A common (and more laconic) British English version, coined by Sir Bernard Ingham, is the saying “Cock-up before conspiracy”.