Friday, March 01, 2019

Inefficiently High Levels of Revolution

I finished reading Leo Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You yesterday; it's probably the most thought-provoking book I've read in at least a year. I especially wonder about the connection between Tolstoy's ideas and the People of Ammon in The Book of Mormon. Are they confirmation that Tolstoy is interpreting things correctly?

Late in the book, Tolstoy makes the argument that those at the top of the current social order support its continuation because they benefit from stasis. But then I remembered a tweet I saw from a few weeks ago, which was about an article that showed people generally underestimate their relative income. Something said to benefit the bottom 50% would have about 80% of the population thinking it was for them.

Does this mean that there are people who are benefiting from the current social order who don't realize they are, and who will be severely disappointed when their hoped-for revolution comes and worsens their positions? If so, the marginal supporter of revolution is mistaken, and we have too much revolution in the world.

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