Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Real progress is achieved through small steps

Terrific article by Randall Hoven on American Thinker about social conservatism. Lots of great quotes I could have used to give you a taster but I'll go with this one.

We should be especially careful in tinkering with the most successful society ever to exist on this planet. I would hope I wouldn't have to defend that claim. By 1969 we put man on the moon and brought him back safely. We were the richest and most free country on earth. Immigrants flocked to our shores. We had defeated some of the most despicable regimes in history. Our schools were the envy of the world and our people produced more patents than any other country.

Shouldn't we have some humility about changing the most fundamental institutions that got us to that point? Things like traditional marriage, the nuclear family, schools, private property, the free market and the Bill of Rights? That is not to say we don't change them at all. But let's be careful, incremental and be prepared to change the change. Do not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

It's something that I keep banging on about - that real social progress is achieved through small steps rather than sudden leaps forward (which almost always end up taking us backwards!). Will the progressives ever learn?

Of course not.

Read it all.

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