Physics, Politics, and the Planet

Sep 20, 2023 | PDA News

Why PDA’s Continual Push for Progressive Policy is Essential: Become a Monthly Sustainer Today

PDA Team in action last Sunday preparing for #EndFossilFuels March in NYC

I am not a physicist and I don’t play one on TV (or anywhere else), but here are three truisms that apply to both physics and politics (with caveats, of course):

Newton’s First Law, with apologies to Galileo and Descartes, defines inertia as the resistance an object has to a change in its state of motion.

Newton’s Second Law describes the time rate of change of the momentum of a body as equal in both magnitude and direction to the force imposed on it.

Newton’s Third Law states that for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Politics, as we all know, is chock full of inertia. And it’s, well, both squishy and really absorbent. Apply force (political pressure) at one point, and the object (official, candidate, governmental body) might spurt sideways or in multiple directions instead of straight ahead—but all too often, it just attempts to ignore the blow. And, as for that equality between action and reaction…it seems like we have to work really, really, REALLY hard and long to get a modicum of change.

But that’s what we do here at PDA. We disrupt the inertia of short-sighted, profit-driven policies and politicians. We apply directed and  coordinated political force, alongside our allies both inside and outside the Democratic Party. And we demand change and justice and equal representation day-in and day-out, 365(6) days a year.

From January 20, 2017, through January 19, 2021, we lost four years in the fight against global warming, we lost precious ground in the fight for equal rights and representation, and we almost lost the foundations of our democracy. We can’t go back there; we won’t go back there. Earth, human dignity, and our self-governing society cannot—will not—must not—be subjected to a repeat assault on our values and principles.

If you agree with our goals, if you’re up for this fight, if you are part of our inexorable force—please support us with a donation, and make it monthly if you can. Become a PDA sustainer today.

In solidarity,

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team