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September 30, 2014

“Catastrophic Gradualism”

Nothing is ever achieved without bloodshed, lies, tyranny and injustice,
but on the other hand no considerable change for the better is to be expected as the result of even the greatest upheaval. History necessarily proceeds by calamities, but each succeeding age will be as bad, or nearly as bad, as the last. One must not protest against purges, deportations, secret police forces and so forth, because these are the price that has to be paid for progress: but on the other hand “human nature” will always see to it that progress is slow or even imperceptible. If you object to dictatorship you are a reactionary, but if you expect dictatorship to produce good results you are a sentimentalist.
House of Eratosthenes

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 30, 2014 8:11 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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In the non-political domain: The 'Theory of Catastrophic Gradualism,' so-called is obviously baseless and incorrect as evidenced by the beneficial effects for millions of plague-preventing medications, disease-preventing chemicals such as unjustifiably maligned DDT, the agricultural green revolution resulting in life-sustaining nutrition for millions, ...

That these beneficial developments produced other problems to be dealt with intelligently does not diminish the vastly greater net value of the improvements.

In the political domain: The 'Theory' fails as well. Evidence is Britain's agreement to India/Pakistan independence, pretty much bloodless between Britain and India/Pakistan. The massacres that followed between Hindus and Muslims following partition were not necessary to produce the original partition.
Same kind of story for Britain and 1947 partitioning of Palestine.

The focus should be on on dissipating the ignorance, stupidity, greed and viciousness that results in unnecessary injury.

That is to say, why make an omelet if you're going to have to break valuable shells? Why not figure our how to make a mutually nutritional salad so that all benefit, thrive, and cooperate.

Go build a Panama Canal or a system of reservoirs to prevent wasteful water runoff and to retain dry-season water supply.

The 'Theory' may correlate with some events but does not describe a cause-and-effect relation.

It's time to get fed-up with simplistic stupidities and begin feeding on pertinent principles.

THEY are among us because we've not quashed the ROTS [Rise Of The Stupids].

Up your activist intelligence!

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2014 10:45 AM

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