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Lizard Tails and Perverse Effects: Social Change without Social Destruction

by , Editor in Chief , Free Liberal

Lizard Tails and Perverse Effects: Social Change Without Social Destruction from Kevin Rollins on Vimeo.

Michael Ostrolenk says that the kind of change we want to see is “more evolutionary than revolutionary”, because we don’t want to destroy all that is good in the present order and replace it with nothing. Rather, we should pursue changes in a conservative (in the non-political sense) manner.

“Lizard tails” are problems created by attempting to hide a problem from our view without actually changing the constraints that we face. The lizard tails must then be hidden by another cosmetic reform, which itself creates real problems.

This is part of our ongoing conversation about transpartisanship and free liberalism.

Click to view the first three parts: “Intro to Transpartisan Thinking and Practice”, “Transpartisanship is Greater than Bipartisanship”, and “Opening Your Philosophy: Transpartisan Thinking and Free Liberalism”.


Comrade Führer Kevin Rollins faces the world with an open heart and an open mind.
Kevin Rollins is the founder and editor of Free Liberal and principal of Kevin Rollins Consulting. He was formerly the managing editor of Econ Journal Watch. He holds a master’s in economics from George Mason University.