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Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 1061

Do you really subscribe to the theory that we should just kick back and relax, and that everything will work itself out? That sort of thinking seems incredibly insular to me.

I don't think that's what anyone is saying. What's being said is that the solution to the problem (be it horse manure or anything else) is going to come from someplace that cannot be anticipated. Someone, somewhere, is going to have an idea that's better.

Being better is what will get the idea widely adopted, not legislation.

The legislators didn't solve the horse manure problem. Mr. Stanley, and Mr. Benz, and Mr. Ford did. And they weren't even trying to solve the manure problem, at least not directly. They were just trying to come up with something better, cheaper, etc. than a horse. It just so happened that it had the benefit of not pooping in the street.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923