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Spryboy Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 01:19 PM
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66. Brilliant post
And I just had to repeat this, because it hit home so hard:

Next, the gradualism arguments, so popular on this and on other issues, are flawed. The idea is that if we go slowly - take baby steps, give some politician a chance, be patient - it will be more productive than some imaginary dangerous alternative - going fast, I guess. But gradualism causes more resistance, not less, and gives a convenient place for outright enemies to lurk and engage in rear guard reactionary opposition. It may be true that things take time, but we should never be advocating going slowly. Discouraging urgency, seeing urgency as counter-productive, is arguing against progress, and it also trivializes the point of view of those directly harmed.

I've tried to make this argument before, but I never was able to put it so clearly and concisely. Very well done!
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