Murphy\’s Bye-Laws

Law #4: Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. –H.D. Thoreau

You say you want a Revolution…

Posted by PintofStout on December 22, 2005

Revolution. Like any word it has different meanings to different people. Some definitions I found are as follows.


n 1: a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving; “the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution” 2: the overthrow of a government by those who are governed

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

  1. The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another.
  2. A sudden or momentous change in a situation: the revolution in computer technology.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

I put the WordNet definition first because it specifically excludes the replacement of one for another. If I envision a revolution it usually involves Mad Max kind of post-apocalyptic mayhem. I attribute that to my outlook of the sheer magnitude of the beast that I, personally, tilt against; the State. Well, that vision has been successfully changed by Brad Spangler in his two-part article “Notes on Building a Theory of Revolution.” (Part 1, Part 2) He has reinforced my feeling of taking care of the means and the end will take care of itself. (The link in the top message also repeats this. Edited to include said link

If I can’t convince you to revolt against old, tired, and mostly wrong conceptions, then I would at least like to make you think about your means on the way to whatever end to look forward to, because the ends do not justify the means. Instead, mind the means and the ends will take care of themselves. What are ends, really, but just waypoints between means.


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