Thursday, 14 July 2011

Reasons for doing nothing about social problems with simple answers

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1. There is no problem: the problem is the people who say there is is problem.

2. There is no problem.

3. There is no problem: here are some fake statistics to prove it - the rest is just spiteful anecdote.

4. There is a small problem - but nothing needs to be done.

5. There is a small problem but the real problem is preventing backlash: so we will make some irritating and ineffective - indeed counterproductive - change 'in response'.

6. Okay there is a problem, but we are all on the same side, ultimately - so is it really such a problem? Let's talk about what we all have in common.

7. Okay, there is a big problem but it is very very complex; and what would need to be done about it is unimaginably complex; blah, blah, blah - zzzzz.

8. Okay, there is a big problem, and it could be solved - but the scale of the solution is too great to contemplate at the moment.

9. Okay, there is a big problem, and it could be solved, and we could do it tomorrow - but we cannot afford the necessary scale of the solution - it would kill us.

10. Okay, there is a big problem, and there is a simple solution, and we could afford it and have to do it, and we could do it tomorrow; but we would never be 'allowed' to do it.

11.Okay, there is a big problem, and there is a simple solution, and we have to do it immediately; but the solution seems like it is morally abhorrent - so we can't.

12. Okay, there is a big problem, and there is a simple solution, and we have to do it, and the solution is reasonable; and we could have done it - but it is too late now...

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