The Politics of New Ideas

The first of Thomas Edison's 1,093 patents was for an automatic vote counter he developed to make counting election ballots quicker, easier, and less prone to human error.

Well, the idea didn't make much sense to all the municipalities Edison showed it to (we dare not ask why they wouldn't want a more foolproof method of tallying votes), so the yet-to-be most prolific inventor in U.S. history moved on and swore never to develop another product for the public sector. A promise he kept until the day he died.

I bring up these examples partly to encourage those of you who have perhaps encountered a bit of resistance to your new ideas to hang in there. Or, as Edison did, find a place to create where you might meet less resistance.

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