Common Sense

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. -Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Common Sense, 1776

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Looking for trouble?

When someone or some group gets "hooked" on one way of "making a living," for obvious reasons, that way is strongly defended.  Like farming vs. hunter-gathering, for example.  Hunter-gatherers could merely move on when crowded by other tribes.  Farmers didn't have that option: They had to stay and fight.  The same applies to modern societies lacking easy flexibility of "income" producing modes.   --L. Reichard White, Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:41 AM

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