Magazine December 20, 2010, Issue



One Grain at a Time

Ronald Radosh’s review of Stanley Kurtz’s Radical-in-Chief (“The Obama Vision,” November 15), particularly his description of the incrementalist tactics of stealth socialists such as André Gorz, brings to mind Eubulides’ heap.

Eubulides, a Greek philosopher of the 4th century b.c., noted that if he began with a large heap of sand and removed a single grain, it would still be a heap. If he removed another grain, it would still be a heap, and so on. Eventually only a few grains of sand would be left, or even just one, but based on the previous logic —

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