This is a piece sub headed ‘TECHNOLOGY IS A MORE POWERFUL SOCIAL FORCE THAN THE ASPIRATION FREEDOM’ from the Unabomber's Manifesto. Although I don’t see the connection here, the premise of the compromise is applicable to our two party system of government.
Just substitute the word parties for neighbors and principle for land and it’s evident what has happened to our once great nation!
The strong man is the one with powerful backing, i. e., the elite!
125…Imagine the case of two neighbors, each of whom at the outset owns the same amount of land, but one of whom is more powerful than the other. The powerful one demands a piece of the other's land. The weak one refuses. The powerful one says, "OK, let's compromise. Give me half of what I asked." The weak one has little choice but to give in.
Some time later the powerful neighbor demand s another piece of land, again there is a compromise, and so forth.
By forcing a long series of compromises on the weaker man, the powerful one eventually gets all of his land...