Dale McGowan at Parenting Beyond Belief:
If a minority point of view is on the verge
of gaining a fair hearing within the rules, someone in the majority will simply change the rules. . .
Though religion is in play in both of these situations, the principle applies to countless others as well.
I could have tagged this with every label Snook has got. With examples. (This for instance.)
I managed to stay three more years, trying to improve
the climate of inquiry on campus,
before nausea led me to resign . . .
Learning this principle the hard way, struggling against it like sticky spider silk until I finally gave up and came home, was overriding power of story throughout my career. I heard but tried to rise above dark mutterings of “life isn’t fair.” You might even say I had FAITH. I believed!
I was wrong.
We seldom grab public problems from the right end, or should I say from the right beginning? Start from a false premise and we’d be better not to start at all.