I’m going to give you a bit of engineer speak for a minute, but bear with me – I have a political point.
All stable systems require some form of negative feedback. All lawnmowers have a speed governor that throttles back on the gas if the engine speed starts increasing. When the engine goes too fast, the governor cuts the gas. The negative feedback prevents a runaway engine.
Automobiles have a driver. If the car drifts to the right, the driver steers to the left. Rightward movement triggers leftward correction. The negative feedback keeps the car in its lane.
It’s not just mechanical systems that need negative feedback. Healthy household budgets rely on negative feedback too. If somebody has been spending too much, the negative feedback happens when mom doesn’t have enough money for the weekly groceries. Harsh words are exchanged, spending is reduced, and the system is brought back
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