Seat belt use, chemical company compliance and same-sex marriage legalization were raised by Gladwell as three examples where “awareness and engagement” had nothing to do with their adoption. “We have come to fetishize the knowing part when we should pay more attention to the mechanics of doing.”
And which figure does Gladwell consider the biggest hypocrite in that regard? Al Gore, who did nothing to raise environmental awareness during eight years as vice-president. Not long after he’s no longer able to affect policy, he makes a movie. “Then we put him up on a pedestal,” sneers Gladwell. “And that represents everything that’s wrong with the way we view social change.”
Posted by Karol at 01:00 PM
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You have to know something isn’t stirring the Kool-Aid when Gore and his crew organize 8 carbon-belching concerts situated around the world. Those funds should have gone towards reforestation.
If Gore was interested in the environment, his speaking fee would not be $170,000.
Reagan, the arch-republican (which is supposed to make him a corporate beeyatch) had a better record on the environment than Clinton did.
I read somewhere that the idea of interracial marriage in the USA is only 40 years old. Surely this can’t be?
“I read somewhere that the idea of interracial marriage in the USA is only 40 years old. Surely this can’t be?”
No. That is simply not correct. While not common, interracial marriage was not unknown in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Kingsleys of Fort George Island come to mind. Richard M. Johnson, who was Martin Van Buren’s VP, had a common-law wife who was a mulatto (though Johnston had at least two other affairs with slaves-one who had an affair with another man and Old Tecumseh Johnson sold her and then somehow ended up in bed with her sister).
No VB, someone said that the laws defining marriage in the 60’s still stated that they must be from the same race. Your examples may mean this wasn’t the case, or the laws could have been rewritten after those times.
My bad, I saw the word “idea” and did not read it as “laws.” There were a number of state laws (I’m tempted to say in the low 30s out of the 48 states) outlawing it (and not only against white-black marriages, there were a number of states out west which had laws against white-Native American and white-asian marriage). There was a SCOTUS case, Loving vs. Virginia, in 1967 which outlawed such laws.