Zeno’s Paradox

Ken Martin, the executive director of the American Philatelic Society, is a kind and capable man and a very good friend. So it is with good  humor that I point out his article in the June American Philatelist. Ken mentions that the APS “only lost 10%” of its members this year and is down to just over 30,000. It is true, as Zeno was the first to point out, that one can never get to zero by subtracting ten percent at a time but membership is quickly approaching 40% of its peak twenty years ago and the APS is at the point where services will soon need to be cut back. All societies of every type are begging in the Internet age so the APS is no worse than many others. Its a shame that Zeno’s paradox sets downward limits but has no advice on how to change the spiral.

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