Thank you very much for this piece. I hadn't know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was such a gradualist, if that is the correct term.
In my own writing I've been increasingly drawn to writings by Carl Jung on the shadow. He was in favor of integrating the darker sides of our own consciousness, one person at a time, or gradually would be more to the point. He felt that what he called "fitful idealism" would not be lasting.
I have thought about this for awhile, as when Obama pushed through the Affordable Care Act. I worried that he pushed it through almost at any cost and I worried about combinations of confusion and backlash. We have lots to consider these days with Black Lives Matter and the recycling of "law and order" which we know stands for the opposite approach to/denial of racial disparities.
My own thought has been that real leadership in a democracy would entail ways to process differences and prejudices--in ways that could metabolize some of the fears of change as well. As a liberal I have been prone to feeling worried about being judged; who am I to worry about Black Lives Matter pushing through so fast when I too have been a racist (I cop to this) by being complicit at the very least. However at the same time if we don't have the courage to argue for better ways to process controversial opinions and changes, I worry how far to the right people plagued by fear can take us.
I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be right about change--even important social changes--needing contexts for getting used to.
Yes, to the sort of progress that can last.