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    Default What does this phrase mean?

    Both the extreme interventionist focus on forms and non-interventionist focus on meaning have problrms, which often lead to further pendulum swings, as advocates mistakenly see flaws in the rival position as justification for their own.

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    1. You know what a pendulum is. Right?

    2. Well, in politics, we say that if the pendulum goes to the far right, then it will swing back to the far left.

    a. For example, when I was a child, school discipline was pretty far to the right. That is, the teacher could swat (hit) us when

    we were naughty. One day when I was about 12, I threw a rock. The teacher ordered me to bend over. He then used a

    board to hit my buttocks. I have never thrown a rock again (I'm 75 years old). The pendulum, however, has now swung to

    the far left. That is, it is now almost impossible in many American schools to use any kind of physical punishment, In fact, the

    word "punishment" is forbidden.

    *****

    Thus, regarding your example:

    Let's say that country X intervened in the problems of country Y. Let's say that country X lost many soldiers. But let's say that the leader of country X says, "It is our duty to intervene anywhere at any time for any reason."

    Well, maybe when country X gets a new leader, that new leader will say: We intervened and lost many soldiers.

    So I have decided that we will never intervene again for any reason at any time. Do you see how the pendlum swung

    from one extreme to another extreme?


    James

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    That must have been one heck of a board if it's the memory of that that stops you throwing rocks 67 years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    67 years later.
    I was never very good at arithmetic.
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    A better title would have been pendulum swings.

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    Ok, you are right Rover.
    Thanks TheParser. I got the meaning of 'pendulum swings'. Your explanation was perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That must have been one heck of a board if it's the memory of that that stops you throwing rocks 67 years later.
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    Any of them would have made me think twice too

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