Vicious regress has been defined as "an attempt to solve
a problem which re-introduced the same problem in the
proposed solution. If one continues along the same
lines, the initial problem will recur infinitely and
will never be solved." [Source]
Putting it another way, one example of vicious regress
would be attempting to solve a problem using the same
ideas that led to the problem in the first place.
Thus, the Gulf oil rig disaster.
There is no doubt that BP and the engineering firm
they contracted should be blamed. But in a broader
sense the blame must be put on this nation's almost
insane devotion to an energy mono-culture.
Be careful of what you wish for — it may come true.
Well we've got oil now, don't we. In fact it's all
over the damn place.