One Thing We Can Do

  • July 31, 2023

In the early days of every crisis, people wonder – what is to be done? Many feel helpless to do anything, as if caught in a ripe tide. This can be very demoralizing. After all, what’s the point of doing anything if nothing you do changes anything?

But there is in fact a great deal that can be done. And things done one by one can add up to great things done.

As for instance what was done by probably hundreds of thousands of individuals who exercised their veto power by not buying Bud Light beer – after Bud Light Beer put something extremely distasteful to them on the can the beer came in. As a result, the distasteful thing is no longer on the can – and the beer may not be around for much longer, either.

A similar veto was exercised by the millions of people who said No to the idea that it was their duty to allow themselves to be injected with whatever the government said it believed was necessary for them to be injected with. In other words, the principle at issue was said No to.

It wasn’t just the particular “vaccines” that turned out to be something else – something neither “safe” nor “effective.” It was this incredibly effronterous notion that we are to accept being treated like someone’s pet – a cat or a dog – and raise no fuss when our owners tell us it is time to be taken to the vet.

In italics to emphasize what was at stake.

As this column has argued previously, if more of us had exercised our veto power with regard to “masks” – and to the loathsome abrogation of our right to freely associate – the three-year ordeal all of us were subjected to would probably have been over before three months had passed. If a third of us – or even a fourth – had simply refused to Play Doctor by walking around looking as though we were headed to the operating room – and ignored government orders to stop going about our business – it would have become untenable for the government to shut down businesses.

Those who doubt the power of such a mass veto, exercised by millions of individuals, forget the prior examples of Prohibition and the 55 mile-per-hour National Maximum Speed Limit. Both became absurd when they became unenforceable. Or – more accurately – when they were ignored by millions, who thereby expressed their contempt for them. By doing that, they undermined the strength of them in that it is difficult to enforce absurdity; people began to see how absurd it was and more and more people joined the ranks of those who ignored these laws. The more who did, the more obnoxious enforcement was rendered until it got to the point that the public-at-large came to regard the enforcement (as well as the enforcers) as the criminals.

Which, in truth, they were.

What other term is appropriate to describe those who treat others as if they were criminals for doing things that were previously accepted as not-criminal. That were, in fact, perfectly legal – such as driving the speed limit (70 MPH) before it was arbitrarily made illegal to drive 70 (or even 60)? Or have a beer?

Not only were these things previously legal, they were always moral – as there was never anything immoral about having a beer or driving 70 MPH on the highway.

Just as there was nothing immoral about refusing to Play Doctor – and “practice” sickness kabuki rituals. Just as it was – and is – the height or moral action to refuse to accept being treated like a dog or a cat who mustn’t raise a fuss when its owners want to take it to the vet to get its shots.

The lesson is our putative owners cannot enforce what enough of us refuse to accept – whether it is a law forbidding us to have a beer or drive at reasonable speeds or edicts that aren’t even laws demanding we “mask” up or roll up our sleeves, just because they say so.

As they are likely to say, again. Will we say enough – and no more?

The power of our individual refusal – when combined with the refusal of thousands, tens of thousands, hundred of thousands – millions – of other individuals has the latent and actual power of an irresistible tide far more potent than the rip-tide of events we often feel powerless to do anything about.

We aren’t.

But it requires each of us to exercise this power in order for it to be powerful. That is the challenge.

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