Pelham’s Law of Governmental Control

Pelham’s Law of Governmental Control:  Governments are controlled by those who drive the hardest and are hardest to deter.

Corollary 1:  Those who control a government are unlikely to give it up voluntarily.

Corollary 2:  Those who protest that control without being willing to do whatever it takes to achieve a turnover are wishing for a miracle.

Corollary 3:  Those who will be satisfied with protracted and unsuccessful protests are stupid and pose no substantial threat to those in control.

Corollary 4:  The more the establishment’s challengers can be divided into factions, the less likely is any change of control.

Corollary 5:  Factions are easy to create since cognitive misers are easily fooled into thinking that the easier way must be the better way.



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