Why the Chicken is only the egg’s way of making another egg

How National Civil Service benefits rich & poor alike

© Guy Herman 6/21/12 All Rights Reserved

Evolution does not always succeed, and indeed, there are more examples of the moose whose rack, so large to attract the best mate, herself the most evolutionarily well adapted for her biology and traits, is the ultimate and proximate cause of his death as he cannot navigate the oversized head sufficiently to get adequate supplies of vegetation which, in changing climates is so close to the ground, it’s geographic place favors nibblers whose more navigable heads are not so outsized as to prevent them getting close to the source of their nutrient.

Selection will always, and with the ever present choices provided by ever changing evolution, make the final choice as to the ultimate success or lack thereof, of one trait or another. In the meantime, there is always the question of how we breed for the individual differences which ultimately prove stronger and better for the species and the individual; and ultimately get chosen by the ‘selection’ process.

It is this exact choice, being selected with all of our unique and common learning’s and habits that is the underlying question and proof of benefit, ironically of National Civil Service.

Is man’s developmental career one which benefits his adaptability or in fact diminishes the likelihood of our success as a species.

Does the betterment of a society, the Commonwealth, enhance the likelihood of the betterment of both individuals and their collective phylum which sustains the evolutionary gain of each.

Said another way, are our heads, metaphorically too large to allow us successfully to graze in the pastures, of learning and evolutionary gain, available.

It is clear, whether republican or democrat the political system in the U.S. is failing.

Congress is gridlocked, our most important institutions, from childhood education, the healthcare system, meaningful employment, the infrastructure are nearing collapse and it is not for lack of resource, rather a longer view of man, adaptation, and the requirements of a sustainable community of life that can reasonably adapt and support rich and poor, capitalist, entrepreneur, sick and elderly, needy and those who need and use a lot.

Evolution favors balance, and selects for traits which will help propagate the commonwealth or species in its entirety, and commonly, when such balance is absent, then failure is immanent.

Consider Henry Ford.

He is known by many to have said many ways, what good is it to mass produce a Model T, if the workers who build it cannot afford to buy one.

A brilliant marketing scheme and business model, one recreated ten thousand times since, fundamental to the psychology and in turn social biology or that element of the ‘Gestalt’ which, through co-evolution becomes part of the gene pool and ultimately our DNA, is the question of intent.

Does Henry Ford’s intent to make his factories production something for the common man, arguably a tool offering a betterment in their life style, bear any on the quality or character of the intent; ‘Altruism’ or ‘Capitalism’ and of profound significance, however the question is answered, is simply: does it matter how or why we build an educational system of engineers and draftsmen for the factories of Henry Ford, and does it matter who or why we build the electric grid and infrastructure of roads and transport, as long as enough of the commonwealth has a reasonable chance to buy the product of genius and better at once their own lives and the balance sheet of the entrepreneur smart enough to invent the ipad, the Model T, a refrigerator or the capability of overnight delivery of a critical medicine by UPS or FED-Ex with an infrastructure that will support the most sophisticated and complex supply chain routes.

As E.O Wilson has posited, is there a difference between the altruism of a Henry Ford which ultimately is a sophisticated way of caring for himself and the other, more maternalistic altruism which fundamentally, though perhaps nuanced in our descriptive capability, does not necessarily benefit the benefactor but surely does the recipient.

And whatever the answer, does it matter.

Is there any evolutionary detriment or benefit to the altruism which stems from an autonomous person bequested to another autonomous person, the results of which may only benefit the recipient, as compared with the more patriarchal (in descriptive terms only) altruism which, though focused on the benefit of others, like Henry Ford’s Model T, is really and only a way to benefit himself.

A curious question with surprising answers.

At the end of the day, the chicken, a right and just member of it’s own phyla, in the long view has a singular purpose of making egg’s which in turn can produce better eggs.

It is, perhaps an odd, but evolutionary accurate way of describing, in the long view the purpose of ourselves and similar members of other species and in this context, can there really be any question if or whether National Civil Service is or is not a prerequisite and unequivocal benefit to a society with scarce resources and great complexity as ours.

No one questions the efficacy of chores and familial responsibility. No one questions the obligation, moral and social, all have to maintain the strength and viability of the commonwealth which supports us all in a manner few in history have enjoyed. If the biology, economics and morality are all consistent with each of us responsibly lending a hand, paying it forward, giving back some of all that we have got, how might any object to a more formalized and universal form of social contribution, repayment and investment in the culture and structure which has brought us forth.



The evolutionary origin of hatred clearly has roots in the fear and readiness required to protect from predation and death.
Like all emotional structures, safety and the protection from being eaten or killed evolves into a secondary autonomy and in metastasizing evolves the derivative emotional structure of dislike, distrust, contempt, loathing and fear.
The DNA of fear and hatred, in this genome, easily traces from safety and in the complex paradigm of reward and reinforcement, as the element of bonding innures, an ancillary benefit accrues with the development evolution of  group hatred. In the spectrum of emotion, it is more reinforcing hating someone or something someone else hates also, than to hate all by ones self.
The election of Barak Obama was, by all understanding an anomaly which, after the wonder and disbelief, hastened forth a fresh and nearly unquenchable vitriol based on what appear the simple facts of race.
The Tea party, the new Republican party, the Birther’s, and more are all would be assassins of this first black, African American president. Owing to the rigors of a pseudo Christian morality and the disfavor outright truth leaves at the speaker’s doorstep, there are many now whose word, cloaked in unfounded argument justify many to seek his early departure. Moreover, there are many who through the political process raise the Trojan horse of incompetence when in fact, it is simply race and ethnicity which is so abhorrent, and requires therefore, his dismissal or defeat. And all of this antipathy stems easily from the ancient lineage of fear of strangers learned for the simple and extremely beneficial evolutionary gain of survival.
This inquiry focuses on the nearly universal occurrence of this phenomena and some alternate hypotheses as to the actual DNA of the psychological mechanisms at work. Though the behavior is routinely diagnosed as ‘racism’ and found in all communities, there is an increasing body of evidence which suggests, though no less harmful or destructive of the fabric of a culture or society, our estimation of it’s origins is not accurate and indeed, rather than the declamatory and vigorous denunciation of a man or race, culture or ethnic origins for it’s manifest difference, the facts suggest this is but a secondary autonomy or derivative behavior of a more profound and earlier pathology arising from the incomplete or unresolved separation of a child from it’s mum. Fear evokes ancestral forms of DNA sequenced response, whether arising from the nashing teeth of an approaching and hungry lion, the whistle of an oncoming train, or the unjust screams and cacaughony of a displaced congress or out year political party bereft for it’s loss of power, prestige and the associated privledge it has bestowed.
Understanding the initial or proximate cause may help us better understand the real meaning of the behavior, whether an outburst or unjust criticism and ultimately become a strategy or tool for those who have interest in the clinical process of behavior modification or those who are subject to and victimized by the outburst, outcomes or results.
Racism has always been utilized as a way to distinguish oneself which fundamentally assumes there is a ‘self’ to be distinguished.
While most of us have experienced, seen or been in the company of an integrated person whose solitary self is without irremedial fracture and stands more or less certainly on it’s own, this line of reason advances a not unsubstantiated conclusion that a fragmented self, an un-integrated ‘ego’ or fractured and unresolved inner self, seeks always and in infinite ways, a mechanism to identify with something or someone with whom it can bond and emulating the molecular structure learned from millions of years of evolution, a mated zygote, unconsciously trying to fix it’s fractured or incomplete self, marrying up or bonding with another, and thereby recreating the initial, salving and universal relationship to which ‘in utero’, it had once, been party.
Consider the macro cultural behavior in witnessing the percent of our total Gross Domestic Product spent on ‘Branding’  and the subsequant purchase of arguably unnecessary ‘stuff’ or said in more scientific or behavioral terms, getting people to do, buy, participate in activities and products for which there is no fundamental or essential need. The science and art of advertising, using quasi scientific methods and good intuition recreates and or, to some degree taps that unconscious current which for all, fractured and whole ego’s alike, to greater or lesser degrees seek identification.
Like debt, the process of being branded, in the
dia-positive, is a manufacture or provider trying to sell something essentially unnecessary.
The process of creating the sub-rosa and subliminal connection to our inner ‘selves’ so to trigger the outcome, albeit unspoken of feeling OK, or strong, or integrated, or the nearly unidentifiable and inchoate state of ‘feeling good’ does not come from a sense of disgust or hatred or contempt, as is essential to our old understanding of racism, rather from the reciprocal set of feelings of identity which in turn provide comfort, safety, pleasure and a general sense of well being.
At the end of the day, or said more properly, at the conclusion of the Gestalt, the feeling of connection, of being part of, of ‘identifying’ is way more powerful than the former states of displeasure and the affirmative exercise of dislike.
As we watch the candidates in the Republican primary move further and further right, simultaneously excluding more and more people from the ‘social contract’ we watch in shock and awe, for it as it is impossible to wonder how someone might get pleasure from telling a woman, pregnant by rape, she is condemned to birth the child, it is possible to gain some sense of at least credulity for the understanding that the would be president, in so speaking, might at least find himself identifying with a crowd or cultural group whose adoration, vote, funding and similar hatred and loathing, they share
And so, the struggling or frail ego seeks, unconsciously to find ways to aggrandize it’s fractured, never certain, always fragmented self, and the easiest mechanism is identification, as a process.
To the seeker, the would be identifier who needs a group, a marriage, a culture, a gaggle of friends, a football team, a political party or a gang, the easiest way to find such an arrangement artificially, when there is otherwise a paucity of available outlets, is to find someone to hate.
And most paradoxical, the easiest way to feed and nourish a starving or unfulfilled self, when natural recipients are not available, is to find someone else who dislikes the object or person or group, party or tribe to which he may most easily find objection.
Immediately and for a whole set of complex reasons, this sets off the group identity receptors, provides fulfillment, though perhaps not lasting and though not aggrandizing the weakened and frail ego seeking nurture, it does leave us with the extraordinary oxymoron,
‘an enemy of my enemy is my friend.’
The long hand version of which is, ‘it is more satisfying to love the ones who hate the ones you dislike than to simply dislike those you think or have been taught are worthy of your dislike.’
However manifestly crazy this may appear, it does follow the elemental rules of physics and does model the bonding in simple molecular structure that finds like particles attracting and from the nucleus, the discharge of dissimilar elements.


(c) Guy Herman All Rights Reserved 5/2012

As Americans we need to address the issue of scarcity, and the allocation of scarce resources of which, it is almost universally agreed there are profound and limited resources of food, water, oil, commodities of all kinds on a planet filled with now six billion souls and predicted to double in the next 30 years. Resources and the related wars, hatreds, genocides, impoverishment and enrichments for the varying classes will largely define the next fifty years of global life.

To this end, we need  to understand the fundamentals of these indisputable facts and some alternatives we, as one of the larger population groups on the planet, can affirmatively make and decide, or not.

Let’s first quickly review the operative laws that govern all of the behavior of most of the undertakings which characterize our uniquely human way of life.

Thermodynamics, the study of energy, the conversion of energy between various forms and the ability of energy to do work has been described in three laws.

C.P. Snow, the British scientist and author has offered up an easy and funny way to remember the Three Laws. He says they can be translated as: (1) you cannot win (you can’t get something for nothing because matter and energy are conserved. (2) You cannot break even (you cannot return to the same energy state because entropy always increases (3) you cannot get out of the game (because absolute zero is not attainable).

The First Law basically says that energy or matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Because the system operates in the real world, some energy always escapes thus leading to both inefficiency and the Second Law, which was hypothesized to cover the so-called flaw in the First Law.

The Second Law essentially says that it is impossible to obtain a process where the unique effect is the subtraction of a positive heat from a reservoir and the production of a positive work with no net loss of either potential or kinetic energy.

Energy exhibits entropy. It moves away from its source. In this sense, energy or heat cannot flow from a colder body to a hotter body. You cannot keep a continual flow of heat to work to heat to work without adding energy to the system. In physics, and as we posit in this paper, in humanity, you have to add energy to get more work, and the ratio of heat to work will never equal 100% due to energy expanding away from its source.

The Third Law explains this further. It says that all processes cease as temperature approaches absolute zero. This is the temperature at which molecules cease movement, cease producing kinetic energy and at which there is no energy.

With the First Law, we know that matter/energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can change form, as in solid to liquid to gas to plasma and back again, to houses and commercial office space back to money (potential)  but the amount of matter/energy in the system (the universe) stays constant.


The Second Law says that while the quantity of matter/energy remains the same, the quality deteriorates over time.
Usable energy is used for productivity, growth, and repair. In the course of this process, usable energy is converted into unusable energy, and usable energy is thus lost in the form of unusable energy. Entropy is used as a measure of unusable energy in a closed system. As it increases and usable energy decreases by the same amount (First Law) randomness increases. As said earlier, energy retreats from its source and generally in the form of unusable energy.

For a simple illustration, think of a fire. As you add wood (matter), what is produced is heat (which then moves into the surrounding environment), and smoke and water vapor, which again escapes into the surrounding environment, and eventually ash, which gives up its last remaining heat to the surrounding environment. You are left with cold, dead ash which has taken on a random form which is without energy and not seemingly related (chaos) to the original form of the wood.

In the next few minutes, I would like to lay out a case which at once shows our wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East are unwinnable and unnecessary, that the two trillion dollars lost by the American middle class in the financial meltdown beginning in 2007-2008, and continuing, is in fact not lost but re-allocated and our seemingly endless, predictable and unquenchable, ubiquitous thirst for war throughout modern Western society, will soon reoccur, unnecessarily, but for which the benefit, to the Military Industrial complex, is still available and with greater savings, if that is our collective will, or enormous savings for the Commonwealth, if we are so persuaded.

Fundamental to this thesis is the notion, now widely accepted that everyone wants to conserve resource, be it the most impoverished, seeking to save enough food for the next and uncertain meal, or Goldman Sachs seeking to grow from the largest investment banker in the country to an even larger investment banker on the planet.

Power seeks more power, hunger seeks nutrient. All seek certainty.

Admittedly we may, with Bin Laden’s death now have the wherewithal, the political cover to extract ourselves from a failed war, but close on behind, there is Libya, Syria, Israel, Iran, the African nations and on ad infinitum.

The facts begin with the understanding of the first law of thermodynamics which in it’s simplest form says energy can neither be created nor destroyed.

We are, essentially given one deck of cards, one loaf of bread, one federal reserve or GDP and from that, whose dissipation we can slow with solar over fossil fuels, whose depletion we can put off by educating our young and taking care of our elderly rather than deploy those trillions of assets (energies to unwinnable wars) and we can feed more hungry or starve more poor. We can make peace or war, but in the end, there is the same amount of ‘stuff’ in our universe as when we started and though we may reallocate it, like Investment Bankers and Wall Street taking Two Trillion from the middle class in America during the financial collapse of the 2008-now epoch, there has been nothing lost, no net diminution of value, rather, depending upon which side of the street you live, a redistribution, for better or worse, but nothing lost.

What Investment Banking has done to the middle class, white collar piracy, is no more or less than what the Karzi & Kaddafi government have done to its people and with American money.

The facts of the presence and ongoing unchallenged life, metastasized as they are of the Afghani/Pakistan government and the unchallenged absolute rule of Investment Bankers and the Banks in American life is of such an insidious and tribal nature there is no force on earth, except for perhaps revolution as we saw most recently in Egypt and Tunisia or before evidenced in the American revolution and the disintegration of the Soviet motherland.

Said another way and fundamental to this thesis is the question of why do we spend billions, and in sum, trillions of finite resource in Congress, debating whether or what is the social contract, do we care for the poor and disenfranchised, or not, the next 1.5 million foreclosures, or not, for whatever is the consensus, we can stop the argument, the wasteful sound and fury, saving thereby the billions wasted now in the obvious to all strut and flutter of a congress emasculated and helpless to make a decision.

And similarly, as we have proved time and again, with Bin Laden just the most recent example, we have sufficient technology to scan, document, store and recall, through iris scan, facial recognition and voice spectrum analysis, virtually everyone on the planet, especially and specifically all who we may consider the ‘bad guys’ and the wherewithal to interdict their movement, their operations, and dissuade them from any collectively agreed upon act of terror, or democracy or unacceptable act contrary to the public will, with a sanction, or simply, an execution.

Why then, in an economy and world of scarcity, when, with a simple vote, or referendum, a mandate or mouse click on an i-phone do we carry on with the theatrics of pretending to fight for god and country as an excuse for us simply having what we want when we want it, and especially if this increases the ‘what’ of what we want, by conserving 30-40% of the cost (in usable energy) of the charade in which we are currently engaged.

Tribal law, we have proved over and again, like the laws of thermodynamics are immutable. Whether the division of the country is religious, ethnic, white and black, rich and poor, there is such a profound identity to, and affirmation of these tribal and ancient lineage and customs, nothing the American military, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Vietnam nor anything in the American electorate may do in Congress or the Justice Department may protect the American populace from the piracy of Investment Bankers, if indeed, it is the collective will to so allow such behavior. It does not matter what change we make, or think we make, if the war in Iraq, dismantling the Dodd-Frank bill to regulate Wall street, the Nation building of Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan, the legislative reforms of tax relief, debt control, and a balanced budget, all conflict fundamentally with vested interests, and tribal rights. No matter how we trifle at the edges these are as established and ingrained and accepted a part of our society as the air we breathe or the foods we eat and with technology have become increasingly so and at an accelerating rate.

The income disparity in the US has widened, exponentially, in part for the acceleration of activity across time. For almost a century in the US, the income disparity was in the first or second magnitude between the middle class and the wealthy. In 2010, the top one percent’s income grew by 281% while the middle class staid apace with inflation and the lower class lost by more than 5%, so, to the question of what do we really want in our foreign wars, what do we really expect of our congress, let us look at those questions not as outsiders to the institutions, for better or worse that exist, but rather as progenitors, the creators of and soldiers for their very life blood and salvation of these cancerous forms of societal artifact.

And the cancer, the life stealing cancer is not the right or wrong of one position or choice or another, rather the dithering inability and associated waste for our inability to make a decision.

The bottom line of thermodynamics is nothing changes, rather it can be reallocated but will neither gain nor diminish. The fundamental question in war, is ‘for what, why and for who’ and if the answer is, for the benefactors and beneficiaries of the Military Industrial complex, and if the societies goal is simply to further the riches of the rich, then we ought to reckon with the reality that we do not need a culture of waste to build, destroy and profit from the manufacture of the rockets and bullets of war, that are continually rebuildable and we can, in a more humane way, simply do the paper transactions of collateralized derivate swaps, or subsidize the manufactures, much as we do Agribusiness, to not grow corn, only now, we will say, ‘build no more weapons’ and still make money, guaranteed all the while by the US Treasury, save the loss of life and resurgence of class hatreds, tribal warfare, all without a hint of gun-smoke, and thereby saving some of the lives and unrecoverable losses of war, the trillions in collateral damage which in the end, in conformity with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, can allow a further delay of the ill-effects of Entropy or that which causes loss, and prevent emptying the tank, sooner than later, as it were and albeit us not a perpetual motion machine, delaying the inevitable entropy and thereby benefiting the ubiquitous interests in our life span and the evolutionary gain thereby garnered.


The laws of thermodynamics tell us that in the end, there is no need of the moral, (religious, ethical, ideological) dogma or the fight that has for centuries ensued.

There are the vested interests of war, internationally, for chaos and disarray in our internal politics, for the near piratical earnings of the Investment Bankers, none of which we must necessarily abrogate.

We can summarily say, we are a country of rich and poor, haves and have-nots….and that is, notwithstanding the public will, the way it will be. We are a democracy in name only but our true interests are the corporate free market into which we have evolved, and there is no need, and indeed only waste in trying to redistribute the wealth and power that currently inures to those who already have it.

Similarly, in Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan and all of the countries where, in the Arab awakening, democracy threatens our supply chain of oil and our fossil fuel dependent country whose beneficiaries, amongst others, the oil companies in the US have made, nearly a trillion dollars in the last ten years, are not really the subject of our political interest. Indeed, land wars, as a rule with our technology, in the axiomatic truths of the laws of thermodynamics, only run down our tanks, play out the cards of our finite deck and accelerate the race to entropy by the protracted and generally counter-productive engagements.

Said another way, we can be feudal lords, imperialists, democrats or dictators and whatever the case, after our national conversation so decides, or the resolution arises from the power brokers in the smoke filled back room of the big boys club, either case is better, for the long run than the disorganized, chaotic and wasteful mechanisms currently employed and or under whose aegis we live.

The laws of thermodynamics state categorically, evolution did not contemplate democracy, and despite our infatuation with it’s promise, it is one of the least effective uses, most wasteful deployments of our clearly finite and put upon planetary resource.


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Gas Wars, Street Riots, Forclosures & Anarchy



                   IN AMERICA

          How $4.00/Gallon of gas makes congress resemble Achmadinejad

                                                © Guy Herman All Rights Reserved

Is there a lesson in the middle east which ought be heeded by exxon, BP and our Federal Government

Is there a price for gasoline which so endangers our way of life or even the ability to maintain essential food, shelter and work, and the ability to get there and home, that our people begin, in the blink of an eye, to look like the million man ad hoc army of protesters in Tahrir Square, on the streets of Misrati, or even in Madison.

Will we come to look like Libya in which the simple and ubiquitous protest is “Enough”. Can the widespread anger and frustration with Wall Street, speculation, oil companies and the systematic redistribution of 2 trillion in net worth from the middle class to the wealthy in two years, possess our American cities and blighted poor to resume the revolution begun scarcely 250 years ago.

Is there enough of a common history and consciousness to even recollect the last time we did this, the last time there was revolution in the street, and was borne of oppression and a tax, albeit for tea, which made life at the hands of the wealthy and aristocracy, too difficult, too mean, too hard and too full of the real and original’s Tea Party cry, ‘Don’t tread on Me.’

How far and how badly does our Congress, our lack of an energy plan, our repeated dependence on a foreign and uncontrollable OPEC interest have to go before there is not the type of wild, crazy armed insurrection as we see on television daily in the Arab Awakening, here in the streets of our beloved United States.

How long, one must wonder, will the once middle class of America, now stripped of it’s promise of a better life, enslave themselves to work in penal servitude for the ever wealthier wealthy, their dream of independence scarcely a mirage, before  they say, ‘enough’.

And how long before their cry for help, their plea for mercy is more than the frustration of a bewildered once thriving and now helpless middle class, but rather the cry of those who, persuaded of their second amendment rights point the barrels of their frustration and anger at the government, or law enforcement, or the bankers and brokers whose indifference and disdain seem at least a worthy target for some easy, if not useless revenge.

Where is the intersection of the price of gasoline and anarchy.

When is it, in the near orchestrated transfer of wealth, by Wall St., with our Federal government winking, guaranteeing and insuring the transactions all the while, to Wall Street, going to reach a tipping point and beginning the revolution or armed anarchy in the streets making the Arab street of Cairo, Libya and Yemen look tame.

And who would have believed that a gallon of $4.00 gas, a number still well below what most of the Western Europe has paid for twenty years, would be the cause of the ‘second shot heard around the world’, in the US since the last, 245 years ago.

How extraordinary, despite the oil companies profligate use of our million man army subsidizing their profit with the blood and treasure belonging to our commonwealth, we have become so dependent on the sugary sweetness of cheap and readily available nearly free oil, like cocaine junkies and spoilt children, when asked to stop or surrender our habits to a more mature way of life, a more sustainable manner of living with our finite resources and obvious vulnerabilities occasioned by such drug like dependence, we have, heretofore only whined or perhaps in a bad year, replaced a tory with a whig or a democrat with a republican.

But reckoning with the reality of our dependence, finding the discipline to enact and enforce an energy plan, is, for the excessive and childlike nature of our populace, in the end, more difficult, some would say, than revenge and riot and some Arabic style anarchy in the streets.

The greybeards think that is not possible here in America, but too, they have always thought, or at least taught the governors to be there to serve the will and needs of the people and not solely themselves and their special interests.

So the question all hate to ask and more fear to hear the answer is, ‘is it possible that we cannot fix our condition.’

Is it really possible that we are not able to self govern, to learn from history, to take seriously our education of our children and move our high school graduate with an eight grade equivalent to the same level as that of the very hungry and very competitive Indian and Chinese kids who are not only eating our lunch but are also buying our cars, making millions of their own and willing to pay a lot more for gas than we have historically and willing now to suffer for a life style to which our whole country and culture has become not only accustomed but enslaved.

And said another way, is it really possible we have so taken our eye off the ball that we will not change quickly enough to meet the needs of the new realities, that we will not become number one again and thereby control our own destiny and that in the self enslavement our weakness and dependence has fostered, we will, like the Arab street, have little capacity to change but for taking up our old hunting rifles, and heading out to the street, finding, wily-nily anyone or anything, though likely a minority, a scapegoat, a socially acceptable recipient for our rage and self loathing for the powerlessness in which we have come to whither and for which there appears no exit.

Somewhere, there is an intersection of the rising price of gas and the boiling point of rage.

It has happened in Tunisia, in Egypt, in the American colonies a few hundred years ago, and again and again throughout history.

Somewhere, when the tipping point is met, when the price of gas exceeds a regular man’s ability to get groceries for the family and the vehicle on which he still has now a crushing debt, despite him having to abandon it for not being able to pay the price of fuel to make it work for him, if it is not losing his job that sends him to the street, enraged and crazy, ready to kill, it will certainly  be the foreclosure notice triggered by the default on the vehicle payment for the idle iron in the back yard that now not only has robbed him of his ability to work, but emasculated him further by taking the very sanctuary for his wife and children, his work had previously earned, to be returned to the same bankers whose initial interests were to the Wall Street minions of their corporate clientele and now, still so, leave not many, many chances but riot and strike and to upset with commotion the very civil structure upon which he had relied and trusted his faith and family for all of the years till now.