(Title by Margaret Ball)
*** A few days ago a fellow (I presume) responded on AccordingToHoyt saying that the U.S.A. is past the point of being able to repair the mess being made by those who push for an ever more socialist state. The claim was that things are to the point that nothing can really be done and any attempt would be met with the final destruction of the Individualists. This was not met with agreement. My response is reproduced below. I had no title for this, as it was a simple comment, but thanks go to Margaret Ball for coming up with a great title. ***
Activation energy. Dielectric strength. Pressure rating.
In each case, more energy can be applied and nothing happens…. until the key level is exceeded. Then – and only then – will a reaction a occur, a spark arc over, the boiler blow. So far “nothing happened” is being misinterpreted as “we can keep doing this.” No. The level hasn’t reached some unknown criticality… yet. Many of us can “see it coming” but even we don’t know what the “last straw” will be. When it comes, it might seem very, very minor…. except it was the last straw of many, many straws and criticality was achieved.
As much as we might be trying, we have yet to actually reverse the polarity of the moron flow.
*** ADDENDUM: I am not advocating violence or revolution. Such things tend not to end well. The U.S.A. already got very very lucky in that regard twice: George Washington pointedly rejecting the idea of any form of royalty, and post-Civil War, as bad Reconstruction was, the general situation was still better than such things usually go. I would far prefer we somehow manage to reverse the polarity of the moron flow and get people to take responsibility and control of their own lives rather than demand the redistributive theft of the hard work of others. Alas, it seems the Worst Idea in History (that wretched thing by Karl Marx) is sadly attractive.
I do hope that the proposed anthology of ‘Last Straw’ type stories suggested in further comments comes to fruition and the authors enjoy readership and recompense. If it also serves as warning, that would be great, but I doubt that such warning will be taken. ***