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August 9, 2011

"The Design Margin"

The Design Margin is a description of how much a system can be bent before it will break.
A society in which there is a great deal of respect or authority and lots of money to square circles has a big Design Margin. A society in dire straits in which contempt for the authority is not only tolerated but encouraged by the cultural elite is a society with a small Design Margin. -- Belmont Club -- Youth

Posted by Vanderleun at August 9, 2011 8:40 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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In fact, they are genuinely just as surprised as anyone else when it doesn’t work.

That's giving them entirely too much credit.

Two observations:

1. History has already shown them it doesn't work -- but they've revised it so often to fit their own world view, the genuine article is lost in the background noise.

2. The Left is intellectually incapable of visualizing any result but the one they intended -- and when the Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in, they conclude that it was sabotage by a right-wing cabal.

Posted by: BillT at August 9, 2011 9:07 AM

We've been coasting on our grandparents' nation-building for a very long time. Drive on a Michigan road if you are in doubt.

Posted by: Scott M at August 10, 2011 3:12 AM

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