The Permissive Ruleset Canon

If the rules don’t tell players they can do something, players can’t do it.


1. Continental Casualty Co. v. U.S., 62 S.Ct. 393 (1942):

“Generally speaking a ‘legislative affirmative description’ implies denial of the nondescribed powers.”

2. Christensen v. Harris County, 120 S.Ct. 1655 (2000):

“We accept the proposition that when a statute limits a thing to be done in a particular mode, it includes a negative of any other mode.”

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