My translation of Chapter 30 of Tao Te Ching
A man in Tao
will not change things by force
yet morale declines, tasks unattended to.
Invest in wholesale change
Let fruit ripe naturally
instead of by force.
To bear good fruit, one must not be boastful
To bear good fruit, one must not rage a war
To bear good fruit, one must not be haughty
To bear good fruit, one must not use strong force.
Everything grows from strong and mature
to weak and old
It is not Tao.
It was not Tao a long time ago
when it began to grow strong.
Paul's comment: According to Karl Popper, historicism will always fail (He laid out his argument in his seminal book: The Poverty of Historcism). The world and our society is never going to bend to any prophesy of macro-change, be it idealism of Hegel or materialism of Karl Marx.
Although approaching the issue from a different perspective, Lao Zi would probably agree with Popper's proper tool of change: piecemeal social engineering. Lao Zi would add: Keep it low-profile!