When philosophy and reality meet in tragic and unintended, unexpected circumstances. Like, for example, when the Rolling Stones thought it would be a good idea to hire the Hell’s Angles * to provide concert security. This is not a cafe society question. I am asking for other examples where everyone thought something would work out great but found tragic and unforeseen consequences instead.
I am not 100% sure the Rolling Stones made this decision all on their own. There were, as it turns out, many bands at the concert, with the Stones playing the final act.
Arming the opposition to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan seemed like a good idea at the time, but contributed to the rise of the Taliban and other radical groups in the chaos that ensued after they left.
You forgot banning sex education. Banning ticket scalping probably raises the price of scalped tickets. Building more roads just leads to more traffic, not less congestion. More subtle case: When I was young presidential primaries were supposed to democraticize the selection of candidates. Instead it has led to increasing polarization of the parties and has not worked well. Cf. the current crop.
It is not so much a clash of philosophy with reality as failure to imagine possible side effects. Maybe more a clash of ideology with reality.
Ohh… thanks for reminding me of the road thing, can’t believe I missed that one.
Banning sex education was what I meant with “abstinence teaching”.
They should really have figured out that one. I mean “If we don’t tell them about how sex works, SURELY our horny teenagers will simply stay away from it instead of entering into it without any knowledge and thus increasing the risk of everything we’re working against”. That one was REALLY dumb. At least prohibition made sense on a superficial level.
The Stones had already used the UK chapter of the Angels as crowd control at their Brian Jones memorial concert in Hyde Park (the concert where they released thousands of white butterflies as Jagger recited Shelley’s “Adonais,” and the butterflies died from overheating and dropped like dandruff on the crowd). Otherwise, everything went well: it was a Mods & Rockers kiss and make-up moment, the weather was nice, the mood respectful; and so when Jerry Garcia recommended the very different California Angels (for whom the Dead had been the house band in their formative years) as crowd control at Altamont, the Stones naively went along.