Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Quick Reference Guide for Reformers

Are you an idealistic reformer out to change the world to a new and better place? To save you time, the Duchy is posting a list of already-tried ideas. Clip this list and keep it in your billfold; when you have an idea to save the world, check and see if it appears on this list before you sell all your worldly goods to get it started:

* Abolishing private property
* Free love
* Widespread celibacy
* Peace through weakness
* Peace through conquest (works for longer, but eventually people get mad)
* Central planning
* Committee meetings
* Eliminating human inhibitions
* Prohibition
* Diets with complex, day-by-day instructions
* Pretty much anything with "modern" attached to it

Feel free to support human progress by proposing your own additions.

This seems like a good place to quote G.K.Chesterton: "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

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