Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Blair wants to be Pope

At least, he seems to think that his "recent" conversion to Catholicism qualifies him to tell the Pope what to do.

He said: "Organised religions face the same dilemma as political parties when faced with changed circumstances.

OK - I'll go with that, go on, Tone.

"You can either A: Hold on to your core vote, basically, you know, say 'Look let's not break out because if we break out we might lose what we've got, and at least we've got what we've got so let's keep it'. Or B: You say 'let's accept that the world is changing, and let us work out how we can lead that change and actually reach out'."

Right. Let's see how that worked.

CofE - progressive views, dwindling membership. Catholic Church - entrenched views, soaring membership (including one ex-PM). Islam - entrenched views, soaring membership.

Labour Party - progressive views, dwindling membership. Tory Party - progressive views, dwindling membership. BNP - entrenched views, soaring membership.

Yeah - that really works, Tone.


William Gruff said...

Spot on Stan: People want certainty.

Stan said...

They do, William. The progressives seem to think that people are adverse to change and that they have to be forced to accept it. Truth is, people are not adverse to change - they are adverse to uncertainty. The bigger the change, the more uncertainty there is.

That's why conservatism works. Progress is through small incremental changes to proven systems. If the change doesn't have the desired impact - no problem - just roll back to the previous point and try again applying what you've learned.

Progressivism fails because it replaces proven systems with totally new and unproven systems - and when these fail, they have nothing to roll back to. All they can do is tinker with the failing system or replace that with yet another untried and untested system.