Opposing social innovation

Resisting social reform

The conscience and innate decency of people form a better shield against abuses than legislation.


Counter Claim:

It is a salutary thing to look back at some of the reforms which have long been an accepted part of our life, and to examine the opposition, usually bitter and often bizarre, sometime dishonest but all to often honest. Misguided and preposterous though some of this past opposition to social reform now appears, it is doubtful whether it will seem any more peculiar, one hundred years hence, than some of the reasons we produce today for perpetuating hardship and injustice. Our ancestors thought it absurd that wives should wish to keep their own earnings; our descendants may be astonished at our system which forces a man to maintain a woman, sometimes for life, after a hopeless marriage has been disrupted.

Facilitated by:
Applying principles
Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal