Break Points And Equilibrium


Some systems are like springs.  They bounce back and fourth between two set points and the closer they are to the “at rest” point the less force is needed to compress or expand the spring.  But if too much force is applied, then the metal in the spring is permanently deformed and will not spring back.

This is why there is no problem keeping your magazines permanently loaded and your weapons permanently cocked and locked.  Both of those conditions are within the normal operating range for the springs designed to fit those applications.  There is no possibility of the springs “getting weaker”.

This is also the case for social systems like government.  The so-called fiscal cliff was an invented crisis that had no relationship to reality.  But there is indeed a point at which the spring is deformed and we crossed that in 2008.  Our federal government is now so large that it can no longer pay its bills.  There is no economic trick or growing the economy that political leaders can devise if only we elect the right people.  There is no avoiding the pain ahead.  It is a certainty.

But long before society collapses and before government collapses, individuals and small groups will collapse.  Each will find its own break point where they recognize that things have moved too far and cannot move back under normal pressure.  Already nearly half of American potential voters abstain from exercising that vote.  A big part of those do so because they see political processes are ineffective to pulling the spring back into equilibrium. 

Before the war of 1861, The Southern States vacated the Union because they recognized that they had become permanent minority votes in a democratic process.  They were always never going to get their way again.  They broke and fled the oppression of democracy.

Before the French and Russian Revolutions, groups of lower aristocracy, middle class and peon/plebe/serfs recognized that they were permanently excluded from any sort of self determination and they broke en mass.

The breaks start one at a time.  The Lubby’s Shooting in Killeen TX, was one man having had his fill with dealing with the local government.  He recognized that no rational power would enable him to have his way.  Ever.  He broke.

The first to break are always called crazy.  The fact that they break first should probably be the definition of crazy.  But as more and more people break, they form groups.  When the groups become large enough, it doesn’t seem all that crazy any more.

Have you given any through to where your break point is?  Have you considered what you will do when you reach it?   Liberal elites know that there will be a lot of broken people out there as a result of their policies but they don’t care.  They have absolute confidence in the abilities of police and Federal security to keep them safe and oppress the broken people.  But I suspect there are a lot more such people then they credit.  Not enough to win an electoral majority, but certainly enough to make the elites feel their pain.

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5 Responses to Break Points And Equilibrium

  1. Jim says:

    Why one of my local city council commies is looking to ban gun shows in the area. Using Newtown to gather support for another run at congress. And the very definition of a left wing moonbat.

    Backdoor registration courtesy of our “republican” house is coming. Will you comply?

  2. “Will you comply”?

    Good question. If enough people affirmatively state that they will not comply then lawmakers will have an incentive to not pass such a law. But then Obamacare was passed over the objections of 70% of the country. If too few of the people affirm they will not comply, then they are merely signing their own arrest warrant and attaching their home address to assist law enforcement in finding them.

    As a matter of policy, I would never EVER publicly state that I would disobey a law or advocate that other people should do likewise. Each man is responsible to his own conscience to decide when to comply and when to rebel.

    Would I comply? It’s had to say. So many laws are so poorly written, or embedded in 2300 page documents that no one reads (I certainly won’t). So, who can even know what the law is? Virginia Police don’t know what the law is. lawyers believe the law is whatever they can get away with. Lawmakers believe the law is whatever they say it is. Judges believe only they know what the law really is, no matter what is written. It is all so confusing. I might intend to comply with my understanding of the law but still be in violation of some hidden secret probation clause.

  3. Jim says:

    Man, I got NFA stuff. Fingerprints and even my picture are all residing at the BATFE. But there will be a time coming when it’s one or the other. What I really see though is a huge black market evolving and people illegally going to FA because of the proposal of making all semi’s into NFA.

  4. “Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against – then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

  5. heresolong says:

    Well quoted, FWM.

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