Conservation of Power


Keith Ablow, MD is a psychiatrist, Fox News Contributor and founder of www.livingthetruth.com.

By Keith Ablow, MD

Back in 1789, scientist Antoine Lavoisier developed the law of “conservation of matter.”  In short, this law of physics, which has stood the test of time, asserts that  substances change form during chemical reactions, they don’t just plain vanish.  As a fire burns, for instance, the wood doesn’t disappear into thin air; it changes into the byproducts of combustion, including particulate matter and carbon monoxide.  Not an iota of matter is utterly destroyed for all time—ever.

As a psychiatrist who has studied human behavior for the past twenty years, I believe that there is a corresponding law that governs human behavior.  I call it the law of “conservation of power.” This law, as I propose it, maintains that power in the world is irreducible, as well.  Decisions or developments on the world stage can  rearrange it or change its form, but no decision or event can just get rid of it.  You can’t make it go away. 

Using this law, we can then understand many events in the world as the equivalent of chemical reactions that rearrange or redistribute power, while the absolute quantity of power on earth stays constant.  Natural disasters and epidemics can do this when they undermine the economic and military infrastructure of a country and weaken it.  The power that country possessed doesn’t vanish into thin air.  It is redistributed to that country’s neighbors, allies or enemies.  Similarly, when countries suffer market reversals that erode their economic wellbeing, the power they could wield in the world doesn’t disappear; it is absorbed by other nations.  War, of course, destroys buildings and roads and lives, but it destroys not a virtual molecule of power.  All power is absolutely preserved; it is always simply a question of who possesses it.

The same “conservation of power” is true in families, of course.  When a parent passes away, it is often the oldest sibling who absorbs some of the power left behind, becoming a “parental figure” to the younger children.  When a husband or wife suffers a stroke and can’t be the economic power center of the family, it might be left to that person’s spouse to assume the mantel.  Regardless, someone has to.  Otherwise, multiple family members, including the children, may well vie for power, with ensuing chaos.

The law of “conservation of power” is particularly timely now as the President steps away from the idea that Americans should have the power, for example, to decide how to spend their net income after taxes.  Health care reform includes the requirement that we purchase health insurance or be fined for not purchasing it.  This absolutely takes away some of the economic decision-making (i.e. power) of each citizen.  And that individual quantum of power, multiplied by the approximately 307,000,000 U.S. citizens alive today, hasn’t been destroyed.  It has been redistributed to the federal government. 

The law of “conservation of power” is also worth pondering as the President, apparently wary that we not lord over other nations or cultures, shuns the notion of America being the world’s policeman or, worse, a bully on the planet and begins not only to seek international consensus to direct our decisions, but to unilaterally disarm.  This “chemical reaction” in the crucible of history destroys not an iota of power, but merely redistributes it.  There are many nations and other entities thirsty to absorb it, including Russia and China and Iran. 

Releasing power in an uncertain world has the same effect as the sudden departure of a parent from a family.  It risks redistributing that power to an unknown and unreliable stepparent who arrives on the scene.  It risks redistributing that power to a hostile and destructive teen with little regard for the other members of the family.  But it also risks chaos, as multiple individuals vie for the authority that has been relinquished.

I will be thinking about the law of conservation of power if we step back and allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.  I will be thinking about the law of conservation of power as we dilute our powerful alliance with Israel.  I will be thinking about the law of conservation of power if our President again apologizes for holding too much sway over world events and the destinies of other nations.  And I will absolutely be thinking about the law of conservation of power if a terrorist group comes to possess a weapon of mass destruction and uses it. 

We are free to walk away from power.  But power never disappears.  It only changes form and is redistributed.

KeKeith Ablow, MD is a psychiatrist, Fox News Contributor and founder of www.livingthetruth.com.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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