The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A societal ratchet

Excellent dissection. I had to picture a type of “ratchet” that explains movement in society, where, the lever continues to crank in one direction, but does nothing in the other; even if the same amount of force is used in both directions you would only get progress from one of them. I don’t mean to distill the entire essay into a simple explanation, but it helped me visualize progress throughout history.