Saturday, July 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter and all that Jazz

“The nation exhibits a growing sense of futility as it repeatedly attacks deficiencies in our social system while the symptoms continue to worsen. Legislation is debated and passed with great promise and hope. But many programs prove to be ineffective. Results often seem unrelated to those expected when the programs were planned. At times programs cause exactly the reverse of desired results.”

I heard someone say that they wanted to be the last generation that experienced racial bias.  I say, “Wait your turn!”

The opening paragraph is from a paper by Jay W. Forrester, "Counterintuitive Behavior of Social Systems", which appeared in Technology Review, Vol. 73, No. 3, Jan. 1971, pp. 52-68.  A reprint of this paper complete with figures is/was available for $4.00 from

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Reference item # D-4468

In the old days, Loyd's of London would provide insurance for all kinds of things.  The shootings of the policeman in Dallas shows that the specifics of the local situation does not protect a community from violence generated by the "national mood" or whatever. 

I would like to see a law that protesters have to purchase a liability policy which covers all expenses of the event.