Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Malchance"

And not just any old "bad luck". No, we're talking about the Robert Heinlein variety, as Glenn Reynolds explains in his most recent USA Today column:
Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein once wrote:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
I was reminded of this quote while reading about the ongoing diaspora of France's Jewish community. Though French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says that if 100,000 Jews leave France, the country will be "a failure" and "France will no longer be France," that once-inconceivable outcome now seems entirely likely.
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