Back to Basics: Using Fluid Dynamics to Solve Social Unrest

Let’s get back to basics, shall we? Find the source of the pressure and you’ll find the source of the riots, rebellion and insurrection. Identify which elements in the system are creating turbulence, and you can greatly reduce the problems in any society.

Social unrest is characterized by the general dissatisfaction of a group and the unconventional and sometimes violent ways people tend to show it. One example is rioting or when a large group of people behaves in a violent and uncontrolled way.

I came across this little ditty wile refreshing my knowledge of hydraulic jumps and bores, particularly with respect to calculating upstream and downstream Froude numbers, required for predicting the downstream velocity and depth based on known upstream conditions such as… Never mind.

Big whorls have little whorls
That feed on their velocity
And little whorls have lessor whorls
And so on to viscosity

L.F. Richardson

A principle axiom of fluid dynamics is that the more viscous the fluid, the lower the velocity at which turbulent flow develops. The corollary is that for any given fluid, increasing the pressure gradient across a laminar flow increases the likelihood of the laminar flow developing into turbulent flow. A second corollary is that you want to avoid any situations which can cause laminar flow to transition into turbulent flow. Even tiny imperfections can create local pressure gradients which create eddies — little whorls — which themselves create an even larger pressure gradient, leading to larger eddies, until the entire flow becomes turbulent.

But here’s the kicker: For any given flow through any given open channel, the transition between laminar flow to turbulent flow only occurs between two velocities, V1 and V2. At velocities below V1, the fluid will return to laminar flow. Think of a lazy river. At velocities higher than V2, you will always have turbulent flow.

Key Takeaway: If you want to restore laminar flow, you must reduce the velocity below V1 by reducing the gradient of either pressure or drop in height.

The higher the pressure gradient (closed systems like a water supply line) or head i.e. gravity-produced potential (open systems like a river), the greater the velocity. Maximum velocity is achieved at V2, but that’s also a very dangerous point, as the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow can be violent, and turbulent flow can in some systems cause catastrophic damage.

The mechanisms by which society behaves, particularly mob psychology, mimics fluid flow.

The point is that SOMETHING causes the velocity in a fluid, and that something is pressure.
The same goes for society. People will bend somewhat, but they’re rather viscous. At low pressures, they operate in a relatively laminar-flow manner. At high pressures, their actions become chaotic.
I see four sources of pressure on the rioters, rebels and insurrectionists in Portland, Seattle and others
environmental conditionsmediapoliticiansoutside actors
Environmental conditions include everything from the mindsets of the individuals themselves to money, family, sanitary, disease and other factors, all of which can change their thinking from laminar to turbulent (chaotic). Strong minds can maintain in the midst of any chaos whereas weak minds can become chaotic in the absence of any conditions.
Key takeaway: Never feed a society idealistic bullshit like the Demoncraps have been doing thinking you will later be able to tap the “useful masses.” It creates weak minds incapable of handling chaotic situations. They will riot and turn on you. Always.
The media needs little explanation, other than to say objective journalism helps reduce pressure whereas manipulative journalism increases it. Reference the U.S.S.R.’s Pravda propaganda machine and the fall of the U.S.S.R.
Politicians can either greatly exacerbate inflammatory situations or help to resolve them. The same caveats from above apply, mainly, that politicians seeking to serve the true needs of their people in accordance with a higher authority, such as God of the Bible and the Constitution help create stable, resilient populations, whereas politicians seeking to manipulate the people wind up creating things like the French Rebellion.
Outside factors: Here’s where things go from merely insidious to diabolical. If George Soros, Bill Gates, and others are indeed tossing money at the situation thinking they’re helping to shape and mold the future society of tomorrow, they’re a few clock sectors away from Tomorrow Land, stuck in Fantasy Land. Some goes for the leaders of these “protests,” riots, rebellions and insurrection, including their online methods of organization and coordination. This creates both sources of pressure as well as elements which flip laminar flow into turbulent flow. Think of large rocks in a stream vs a smooth channel. In group dynamics, they’re known as “agitators.”

Another source of pressure.

Dilution is another source of pressure, as it makes people work that much harder to ascertain what’s real while making it easier for politicians, the media and other agitators to introduce falsehoods. Put simply, they’re using information overload to blind the masses to reality.

To show you how this works, Sivanathan describes two different students: Tim and Tom. Tim studies 31 hours a week outside class. Tom also studies 31 hours a week outside class. He has a brother and two sisters, he visits his grandparents, he once went on a blind date, and he plays pool every two months.

In an experiment, says Sivanathan, most of the participants said that Tim had a significantly higher GPA than Tom — even though the two put in the exact same amount of time studying. Why? All of the non-diagnostic information (the extraneous detail about his personal life) given about Tom diluted the diagnostic information (how many hours he studies) presented.
“The most robust psychological explanation for this is averaging,” says Sivanathan. Rather than adding up pieces of information and assigning them different values, most of us appear to average them in their minds. He adds, “So when you introduce irrelevant or even weak arguments, those weak arguments reduce the weight of your overall argument.”

Savanthan, N. (2020). How to make your arguments stronger (Hint: Longer is not the answer). TED Ideas. Pocket. Retrieved from:

Key Take-Aways for Civic Leaders and Policy Makers, and yes, this includes all mayors, city councils, governors, state legislatures, Congress and the President:

1. Do not ever attempt to manipulate the people through lies, half-truths, and deceit. It does not matter if it’s an election year. The country is more important than your election. Given the 6% trust factor people have for the government right now, sticking with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth would not only be a welcome change, but it would probably give you a decisive advantage in any election.

2. Stop bad-mouthing the opposition. It just makes you look petty. Stick with Dragnet’s “Just the facts, “Ma’am.” The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Back it up with

Updated: July 28, 2020 — 9:09 pm