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Laws of physics in politics

Dr Štefan Šumah (Photo: Demokracija archive)

By: Dr Štefan Šumah

There are quite a few well-known physical equations and laws that could be implemented in everyday life or used to understand events in society and politics. Well, probably the most famous equation E = mc², which deals with the relationship between mass and energy, maybe not. Could we use, for example, free fall, which is uniformly accelerated downward motion, to describe, let’s say, the decline in popularity of new faces after taking over power in Slovenia?

However, for all analysts of social events, including sociologists, political scientists, and historians, the most suitable law for use would be the law of mutual effect, also known as the third Newton’s law or the law of action and reaction: action is equal to reaction. It is a physical principle discovered by Isaac Newton. If the first body acts on the second body with a certain force, then the second body also acts on the first one with an equal and opposite force, or more simply, action is equal to reaction.

With this law, many questions that currently perplex esteemed analysts could be answered. For example, the recent establishment of a village guard in Ivančna Gorica. Everyone is wondering why. What is wrong in our “legal” state? We do have the police to protect citizens, so why a village guard now? Simply put, the reaction is just a response to the action. And who in their right mind would just watch as their crops disappear from the field or tolerate break-ins into their workshop? Additionally, Newton’s first law can be applied here: If a body is at rest or moving at a constant velocity, then no force is acting on it or the sum of all forces acting on it is zero. Therefore, since there was practically no sensible response to the thefts (read: no police intervention) and they continued undisturbed, a reaction occurred in the form of a village guard.

Similarly, analysts wonder about the rise of the AFD in Germany. The answer is simple: a reaction to the actions of a completely incompetent government, economic difficulties, the mishandling of the migrant issue, and wokeism. Why the increase in racism, chauvinism, and hostility towards immigrants? Again, a response to the inaction or even support by left-wing governments for the growing migrations.

Or, if we look back into history. Why the cruelty of the Falange in the Spanish Civil War? As a response to the terror rojo (red terror), politically and culturally motivated acts of violence that were part of the repression in the Republican zone during the Spanish Civil War and included the murders of tens of thousands of people. Why the formation of village guards in the Dolenjska region and around Ljubljana? Due to Partisan terror.

Answers to some actions of individuals or even masses are quite simple, but both politics and analysts do not want, do not wish, or cannot articulate them. They prefer to resort to platitudes or fruitless analyses that never hit the nail on the head. The reaction is always the same as the action, and the longer the action lasts, the worse the reaction. A strong reaction often brings lynching and hooliganism, as well as the rule of the street. When the street takes over, democracy ends.

Now, the option in power is undermining all democratic standards, supported both by the judiciary and the police. It could be said that many moves border on fascism (in accordance with the established opinion of what defines fascism). They have set a standard that there are no standards.

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