The definition of “Disruption”?: “We own this mess”

Other critics spoke of the need for disruption, borrowing a term from the analysis of technological innovations. When applied to politics, it again carries the implication that nothing can really change, that the chaos that excites us will eventually be absorbed by a self-regulating system. The man who runs naked across a football field certainly disrupts, but he does not change the rules of the game. The whole notion of disruption is adolescent: It assumes that after the teenagers make a mess, the adults will come and clear it up.

But there are no adults. We own this mess.

–Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century

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