Sunday, January 20, 2013

Morris Berman — The Parable of the Frogs

What does it take to produce large-scale social change? Most historians, if you catch them in an honest moment, will admit that the popular levers of social change, such as education or legislation, are bogus; they don’t really amount to very much. What does make a difference–and then only potentially–is massive systemic breakdown, such as occurred in the United States in the fall of 2008.
The Parable of the Frogs
Morris Berman
(h/t Kevin Fathi via email)

1 comment:

Magpie said...

Berman's thesis could be considered the "rock bottom theory": people need to hit bottom before reacting.

That may be so.

But don't hold your breath. So far, Southern Europe is proving that the bottom can be really deep.