Why We Always Embrace Moderate Solutions (or Saviors)
At some point, society decides that reform is in order. A problem like date rape or environmental deterioration becomes so serious that everyone realizes something must be done. But how far should we go? The answer frequently is as little as possible. Chapter 7 examines the role and reception of moderate reformers, who often appear on the scene at exactly the right moment with a compromise solution the majority will accept but that leaves the original agitators dissatisfied and much of the problem unaddressed. Chapter 8 explores the way "objective" legal rules and formulas cause reformers' demands to appear intemperate, "subjective," and unfair. We tend to resist transformation and new thought until they have lost their urgency and novelty--or until conditions worsen, at which point the proposals then strike us as moderate and necessary responses to a serious crisis.