The 38-member Blue Ribbon Committee to Protect Society from Itself has met and determined that this is the best way to lift the quarantine.
There are panels of Harvard MDs, Yale PhDs, government economists, and beltway attorneys who today seek a voice in how the quarantines should be lifted.
They are the same people who placed the quarantines on us.
Not only should they not have a say, they should lose their jobs in the very near future, and should be grateful that we live in an era that does not deal with the tyrant and his advisors like they’ve been dealt with for the majority of recorded history.
Historical Betrayals Of Trust Dealt With Harshly
How to Win America for... Best Price: $23.33 Buy New $17.95 (as of 03:05 EST - Details) From the tyrant Julius Caesar, to Heliogabalus and many in his court, much of recorded history from the ancients and beyond recount an often repeated solution for officials who had betrayed trust.
Murray Rothbard points out “It was a medieval tradition to justify tyrannicide of unjust rulers who break the divine law.”
The Byzantine minister Nikephoritzes, who created food shortages and taxed harshly was tortured to death after his ruler abdicated.
It continued into the modern period. In response to a secessionist movement, Abraham Lincoln, in his relatively short time in office provoked civil war and led the decimation of his country, eventually being killed by someone decrying “Sic semper tyrannis,” invoking the timeless guidance of how to deal with a person in a position of trust who has proven untrustworthy.
The last example is notable, since the governmental response to corona is worse than anything that has taken place in America since the Civil War.
Screwing up when one is in a position of trust has long promised to abbreviate one’s life expectancy. The malfeasant official being allowed to sneak oneself out of the capital city dressed as a veiled lady-of-the-night or a hobbling peasant was a great show of generosity in eras past. These societal high stakes helped trusted officials with no skin-in-the-game, isolated from the true consequences of their actions, to intimately feel some burden of culpability.
The Present Era Is A More Forgiving Era
This is no longer the way things are done. We’ve learned to forgive societally.
But this one – the 31-day shuttering of an economy and house arrest of hundreds of millions – will be a hard one to forget.
And it’s not like there weren’t critics of the lockdown from the beginning boldly stating: the data is of too low of quality to make a decision let alone one so drastic, the data is inaccurate, everyone is going bonkers over nothing, or quarantines don’t even work against coronavirus.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of prominent figures were voicing these objections publicly about the illogical lockdowns. Most in society would have benefited from these perspectives being amplified in the debate.
The Blue Ribbon Types Didn’t Want To Listen
The powers that be just didn’t want to listen to those critics. The lockdown played too well into too many people’s agendas – just like any government action that makes its way through the slow moving, ineffective machine. Sometimes that slow bureaucracy protects our liberty through its very incompetence.
These people who don’t lift a finger for anyone without an agenda, the people who we are supposed to trust with representing our best interests, as if they even know a thing about you or me or anyone else outside of their insulated circle well enough to even be able to repeat an interest, let alone “represent” an interest.
You know. Those people. Those blue ribbon panel types.
How Much Time Should We Allow For Making A Decision For How To End The Lockdown?
How many weeks do we need to give them to discuss unwinding the 31 days of tyranny they have imposed on us? Perhaps another 31 days will suffice.
How much time should we spend debating their plans? Perhaps an additional 62 days would be fair. No need to be rash with debating these plans.
How many months should we give them to put the matter out there for the public to vote on democratically through referenda or through push polling? No need to hurry the public. Perhaps another 124 days would be useful for an educated electorate to get sufficiently up to speed on all the details required for answering this complicated question about how to reopen society.
How Society Closed Down And How Society Will Re-Open
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One-by-one, everyone who complied fell for the big farce that was corona communism. They let themselves be frightened into it, intimidated into it, or just otherwise went along with it.
Government decree is fairly meaningless.
Individual response is what matters.
In fact, to take it further, it is not individual response that matters, as much as it is individual action that matters.
Ludwig von Mises writes in The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, “Action is purposive conduct. It is not simply behavior, but behavior begot by judgments of value, aiming at a definite end and guided by ideas concerning the suitability or unsuitability of definite means. . . . It is conscious behavior. It is choosing. It is volition; it is a display of the will.”
Henry David Thoreau injects the importance of disobedience in a free society “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Gary Barnett adds “Once any country’s people succumb to obedience, all that is left is slavery.”
Do you know how to re-open society? One person at a time, compliance just comes to an end.
Let the blue ribbon panel meet. Let the newspapers discuss. Let the bureaucrats further delude themselves with their visions of messianic grandeur.
I never went into quarantine. I log 40,000 steps some days. I have written against the nonsense throughout. Many of you never went into quarantine, either. You have been beacons of freedom to those with whom you congregate. You have been examples to those who have seen you purposely act, regardless of the corona bans.
But even if you did go into quarantine, even if you did believe it, that’s okay.
Everyone makes mistakes.
It is when you are aware and continue making the same mistake repeatedly that it turns to malice.
And today is the day to stop making that mistake. Today is the day to come out of quarantine.
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It was never about them.
It was never about the government.
Everyone just fell in line.
Barely a pastor even went to Caesar and said “Oh great Caesar, I fear your left hand does not agree with your right hand, I will obediently take this matter up with the courts to seek resolution,” or “Oh Caesar, I believe you have made a mistake. Let me help you see the error of your ways.” No. Even the pastors. All but a few hundred or a few thousand went into quarantine at the slightest suggestion of the word. They lined up to virtue signal as quickly as possible and as publicly as possible. How obedient they were to the whims of the secular.
Is it really the oppressor’s fault that you are so oppressible? No.
It’s called dishonesty not to speak up for your own values and your own boundaries in the face of those who traverse your boundaries.
It’s time for honesty.
It’s time to state your boundaries and to live a life that honors your boundaries.
Don’t do that because government will step on you if you don’t.
Do it because it’s the right thing to do.
One person at a time, the corona ban ends just like it began: with individual acts of individuals respecting their own boundaries.
Is that disobedient? It could be, but only in the face of a government that demands obedience.
In reality, that is just honesty.
The default of a free man is disobedience in the face of demands for obedience, non-compliance in the face of demands for compliance. There better be a darn good reason to comply if someone wants a free person to disrespect his own boundaries.
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Not only is it not there. The opposite is there. Malfeasance and misfeasance on the part of trusted authorities is there. Valid reasons to call for the immediate dismissal across society of everyone involved is clearly there.
If there is no good reason to let someone traverse your boundaries today, I beg of you to do the honest thing. Identify your boundaries and hold firm to them, notify others of them when they come close to traversing them.
You may not be able to move government today. You may not be able to move your neighbor today. You may not be able to move your dearest friend and love of your life today.
But you can move yourself today.
And I beg you, in your own life, to uphold your boundaries as honestly as you can, as stringently as fidelity to your boundaries calls for, regardless of who thinks you should do otherwise and regardless of what illogical rationale may be given.
In doing so, you will end the corona ban today for one more person.
And who knows where it could go from there.
What we certainly do know is that courage is contagious.