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Old 03-31-2013, 06:00 PM
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To paraphrase one of my favorite quotations, people can be counted on to do the right thing . . . after they've tried everything else, first.

I know that quote! Wasn't it Buckminster Fuller? "People will do the smart thing after they have tried every stupid alternative and failed". Something like that?
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:14 PM
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I know that quote! Wasn't it Buckminster Fuller? "People will do the smart thing after they have tried every stupid alternative and failed". Something like that?
The version I had in mind is attributed to Winston Churchill, talking about Americans: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.”
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The version I had in mind is attributed to Winston Churchill, talking about Americans: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.”
I'm not even sure if it was Bucky, but I've definitely heard that, and it was definitely not specific to Americans, although the one I heard may have been borrowed from that one. I am sure this quote has been recycled a whole bunch of times, because there is unfortunately a lot of truth in it.
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