Ah, here we are!
I knew I was leaving out something important. No, "amending laws to reflect changing times and people" isn't social engineering. Changing times and people is social engineering. Conspiracy theory, you say? Your homework assignment for today begins with Walter Lippmann's Public Opinion -- a technician's service manual. This man was no fringe crackpot; on the contrary, he moved in the highest circles of the Progressive Era, and his entire career consisted in teaching movers and shakers how to move and shake the moved and shook. He also, possibly by accident, helped invent advertising, which as a good progressive you loathe -- or believe you do. Does the existence of, say, Yul Brynner's anti-smoking PSA, upset you by the very fact of it? No. You don't loathe advertising for its own sake; what you loathe is seeing it bent to such a coarse, crass, and sinful purpose as the mere making of money -- God gave thee those tools to spread the Inner Light, friend, not so thee might steal bread from the mouth of thy neighbor.
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