The Evolution of Movements

Every movement starts as fringe, and edgy, attracting novelty junkies, dysfunctionals, rebels, and malcontents. And if it has any meat to it, increasingly upgrades from edge cases to some position in the hierarchy of argumentative structures that we call ideologies, philosophies, and institutional models. What we should expect to see, as we move up this hierarchy, is the exit of early entrants, and expansion of late entrants increasingly closer to the mainstream. The edge does the research but stays the edge. Utility is obtained, and as a consequence power is either obtained or not.

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