Lawyers are a useful tool. When you feel like you are in a bind, talking to the right lawyer can be such a breath of fresh air. It can be a conversation from which you walk away saying “Phew! I have options I didn’t even realize I had.” Life feels better with options. Life can be easier with experts on your side who want to help. I get that. That is brilliant.
I am going to tell you something that truly bothers me, though, about that search. It is when people look to lawyers as the solution. It is when people view lawyers as a way of outsourcing part of life’s journey. There are some things you just cannot outsource in life.
Children’s Health Defense is one of my favorite health freedom organizations. They fight in the courts. They organize and fight a battle with a fervor and skill that few have. They are also a brilliant think tank, and they additionally publish powerful daily stories on top of that. If you do not already donate to them, I must ask, “Why not?” If you are broke, skip the afternoon tea and send them $1.76. Say “thank you” with a donation of any size.
Though I love them, I recognize a limitation. They are not going to win this battle for us.
The battle is in you.
Quite literally, you have been lulled into being the greatest enemy to your own freedom. I have been lulled into being the greatest enemy to my own freedom.
You cannot outsource that battle to a lawyer. You cannot outsource that battle to a psychiatrist. You cannot outsource that battle to a pastor. You have to do that work.
Some people wonder why I harp on face masks. These are usually the same people who obediently put on a face mask.
The reason I harp on face masks is because I recognize that it takes ten times more courage to stop wearing a face mask than it does to call a lawyer and ask him to file some papers for you.
People actually call me and ask me for lawyer recommendations when they will not even take their boss out to lunch and have a calm face to face talk. I still tell them to take their boss out to lunch and have a calm face to face talk. I sometimes also call them a coward when they come up with some excuse for why that should not happen and why a dramatic legal battle is preferable. It takes little courage to find a lawyer. It takes courage to speak face to face with a person involved in your life, such as a boss, and to tell him what you want, for him to tell you what he wants, and for you to negotiate those interests. That is required of you to live a free life. If you cannot do that, I am not going to be the crutch that gets you a lawyer, so you can kick the can of adulthood further down the road.
And I get that conversations like that take courage. It is a lot more courage than most people are comfortable stomaching. Then, unfortunately, that person who will not push himself to be a little more courageous, will have the indignity of being lorded over by his inferiors. Why? Because he does not have the courage to speak his views.
The effects of being lorded over by your inferiors are especially dire at a time like this. Speaking your views openly and honestly in civil conversation, for the purpose of hearing another out, and negotiating the spread between the bid and the ask, is so important.
Do I mean speak your views in protests and chants? Do I mean speak your views in an ALL-CAPS emails? Do I mean speak your views by forwarding umpteen New England Journal of Medicine articles to supervisors? No. You go and sit across the table from a person, and you ask them what he wants, tell him what you want, and then you guys talk. That is what civil society is built upon — calm conversations filled with disagreement. Such a bedrock concept of civilization is almost oxymoronic to even reference in this era, even among freedom fighters.
There are umpteen variations of how to do that, how to have that calm conversation. As far as I am concerned, basically everything else is sociopathy — hiring a lawyer included. If you have not exhausted all options for calm conversation, you are in the wrong when you steer yourself evasively past those conversations. When you do so, you steer yourself into the realm of sociopathy.
Buying into such sociopathy makes the world an even more collectivist place. That is good for those who want to burn down the system more quickly, perhaps. But those are not usually the people who call me. The people who call me want to resolve an issue.
There are lots of useful tools to get what you want, but it all comes down to that conversation, and if you can have that conversation, then you can grow in your ability to have that conversation even better and in even more important scenarios.
Other people are trying to figure out exemptions, or how to do a spit test instead of a nasal swab. At some point you have to draw a line. I like exemptions because they help a person start to train themselves and delay a little, while society comes to its senses. They can be especially useful in big organizations, which are generally designed to behave sociopathic and need creative approaches for you to avoid being dragged into the same. In as many situations as possible, many times each day, what you really need to be aiming at is having the personal face to face conversations that are so uncommon in our era. It is an era of cowardice, in which even the freedom fighters have bought into the idea that avoiding these conversations is appropriate.
The only way to have freedom in your own life is through these conversations. Not once. Not twice. Daily, constantly, as a matter of your path through life. Someone tells you he wants something. You tell him you want something else. You negotiate. He might say he is just doing his job. That is useful information. Any order-follower is the wrong person to spend your precious time on. Go find the decision-maker and talk to him instead.
It is not about a face mask. It is about every little time that you have avoided this normal and natural negotiation, because you do not want “conflict.” It is about being a member of the silent majority for whatever reason you tell yourself. To be a member of a silent majority, generally requires a great deal of hiding, shirking, and tacit approval, in order to get through the day. These behaviors are synonyms for “lying.” It is about going to church on Sundays and reading your Bible and praying in the morning, but no one outside of your church has ever heard you speak about how God has changed your life. It is about your neighbor behaving a certain way, and you call the cops instead of handling it and building that relationship. It is about going to HR or a supervisor about something a colleague did, when instead, you could use that as an opportunity to grow in your relationship with a colleague by saying something like “You know, I really like you, but it sure bugs me when you… Do you have a minute to talk about that?”
A tattle tale is not a bad thing because he rats out someone who did bad. A tattle tale is a bad thing because he is too cowardly to confront that person and say, “I like you, but if you want to keep coming around here, that thing you did in front of me is not something I ever want to see you doing again…” Stop looking to authority. Stop looking to the collective. Stop looking to the great state. Stop looking for recourse. Let the buck stop with you in your life.
Have I been burned by doing this? Many times. In a world in which everyone is trying to cover their own butts, you can expect this approach to produce imperfect results. Everyone seems to have stories as to why they have bought into the sociopathy, rather than owning the situation around themselves. I can identify these excuses from a mile a way. They always seem to start out the same way and with the same tone. What is the maximum effective range of an excuse? Zero.
Everyone in modernity has been burned. That happens. Good people, doing the right thing, sometimes get hurt. I do not know about you, but I am not going to let someone else’s shortcomings stop me from doing the right thing.
To do the right thing, own the situation. Constantly having the hard conversations is your duty as someone who wants to be free. Be able and willing to identify your boundaries, communicate your boundaries, and defend your boundaries. That can be done many ways. The most important way is by being able to have calm conversations with people in which you say what you want, they say what they want, and then you guys work something out.
Does it always work? Hardly. We live in an era of cowardice. Does that mean to stop owning the situation? Hardly. You would only deny yourself the chance for growth. Anyone whispering anything different in your ear is denying you that chance for growth. At a time like this, such self-denial is practically lethal.
It is not about the face mask, but I know this much: once you stop wearing the face mask in one place, you are going to write me about how you figured out how to stop wearing it in all places. Then you are going to write me that you got your child unmasked at school. Then you are going to write me that you figured out how to protect your child from the Covid shot and tests too, while all the other parents with obediently masked kids are losing their minds. You might even write me that you pulled your child out of school. You might write me that you flew maskless. You might write me that you meet weekly with other likeminded people, that you regularly close down illegal government meetings, that you are running people for office, that you have started a food co-operative for the maskless who are sick of eating glyphosate, a clinic for the unvaxxed, an underground school, a private club for local freedom fighters to go for drinks after work.
I do not know where it ends. But I know when you take off the mask, when you figure out these conversations, you will automatically begin rebuilding a more free society around yourself again. More importantly, you will have altered your internal terrain in such a way that you will never be able to turn back.
Take off the mask, now and forever. Posterity will thank you, and you will one day soon thank yourself. “Face Masks in One Lesson” exists to help you do that, as do these LewRockwell.com pieces, and the email newsletter at RealStevo.com full of quick, easy to watch videos on how to make that and other bold steps a reality in your own life.