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The random article for Tuesday, 19 March 2019 is Catch-22 (logic).
A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22.
An example is:
"How am I supposed to gain experience [to find a good job] if I'm constantly not hired because I don't have experience?"Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to, but has no control over, because to fight the rule is to accept it. Another example is a situation in which someone is in need of something that can only be had by not being in need of it (e.g, a bank will never issue someone a loan if they need the money). One connotation of the term is that the creators of the "catch-22" situation have created arbitrary rules in order to justify and conceal their own abuse of power.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:30 UTC on Tuesday, 19 March 2019.
For the full current version of the article, see Catch-22 (logic) on Wikipedia.
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