The Slippery Slope

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison

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Such is the craft of the Negative Inclination (yeitzer harah): Today he says to the person, “Do this;” tomorrow he tells him, “Do that;” eventually he says to the person, “Go worship idols!”

Talmud; Shabbat, 105b

The Negative Inclination (yeitzer harah) is at first like the thread of a spider but ultimately — if one does not conquer it — it grows thicker than a cart rope...

Talmud; Sukkah, 52a