Making the Case for Change

Joseph Thompson

[Excerpt ("It Is No Argument," reprinted from an undated pamphlet,
Simple Talks on Taxation, published by the author]

... There's one thing I wish you fellers, who're against any change, could learn.
What's that?
It's this: If the same argument can be used against what's being done now, there's no point in using it against a proposed change.
I don't quite get that.
It's like a two-way street; it's just as good one way as the other.
I still don't get you.
Well, suppose we were talking of changing from our rule, "Keep to the Right", to the English rule, "Keep to the Left", and someone said: "If we did there'd be collisions between cars going in opposite directions" ...
He'd be right! There would.
Any more than now? With "Keep to the Right"?
Oh, I s'pose not, after we got used to it.
Then what he said, if it's equally true of both, is no argument against either one of them, is it?
Well, maybe it ain't, but I don' wanner change. I'm for keepin' to the right!
I'm not for that change, either, but I was talking about him sayin' "If we do, there'd be collisions''. I said it was no argument.
Well, I say that anything is a good argument if you're against sump'n.
I'm afraid you voice the thinking of the general public.