The Noncompliance Challenge

  • December 16, 2023

Martin Luther King famously preached non-violence but what he really advocated – and what worked – was noncompliance. As for example refusing to hand over a seat on a pubic (that is to say, government-owned) bus.

It would have worked in terms of refusing to wear the “mask” government demanded everyone wear, too.

It works generally – if enough people are noncompliant.

The 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) which is now 30 years in the rearview was ended by general noncompliance, which not only made compliance-enforcement difficult it made it plainly obnoxious. When almost everyone was being harassed (and mulcted) for not complying with a law almost everyone was not complying with, it made the law itself as well as those who enforced compliance with it ridiculous and contemptible.

It is why we’re able to drive at least as fast – legally – as people in this country were allowed to drive back in 1970. Such is progress in this country.

The point here is that noncompliance works – but only when enough people practice it. The individual – by himself – is generally hesitant to be noncompliant, for the altogether reasonable reason that he fears being punished for non-compliance. This is how the becoming-indistinguishable from one another combine of government and corporate power successfully Face Diapered most of the population for two years, during the orchestrated mass-panic event that people errantly refer to as “the pandemic.” (Which it wasn’t in the substantive sense because almost no one died during it who wasn’t already likely to die from some other natural cause, such as old age or courting death already via chronic sicknesses; catching a bad cold merely pushed them over the edge of the cliff they were already standing on the edge of.)

The challenge, then – and the Catch 22 – is getting a sufficiency of people to exercise noncompliance.

Who’s going to go first, in other words? 

Well, how about me?

I already have.

During the orchestrated mass-panic event that was only a “pandemic” in the most pedantic sense, I refused to comply with “mask” mandates. I never once wore the evil accoutrement used to create the visual impression of mass panic (in order to impose mass compliance) and took the risk – small as it was – of walking into stores and so on that had “masks required” signs on the door. I sometimes got thrown out but mostly got left alone. I was willing – if it had come down to it – to risk arrest and jail over it. I would not comply. My hope was that others might decide to do the same and – together – our mass noncompliance would make enforcement of compliance untenable. I even organized small-scale noncompliance of several individuals together. We got together outside of a local supermarket that had the “masks required” signs – and ignored them, together. I believe to this day that the sight of us ignoring it gave a boost to others who saw us to be noncompliant themselves.

Indeed, an older woman actually told me just that. She approached me and said words to the following effect:  I am glad to see you; I am afraid to be noncompliant myself because I am a woman but I wanted to tell you I appreciate what you’re doing. I have rarely felt better in my whole life.

Standing up to bullies is always empowering. But it is something more when it involves standing up to bullies who are bullying people who are afraid to stand up to them because they fear they cannot stand up to them.

The bully relies not just in fear to enforce compliance. He relies on numbers. He knows most people (or at least, a lot of people) will not stand up to being bullied, many of them because they cannot – and these become adjuncts to his bullying. In the worst case – and we saw a lot of such cases during the event that was a “pandemic” like the Impossible Burger is a hamburger – the bullied became co-enforcers of the bullying. They were too afraid to not wear the “mask”they had been ordered to wear – and so they ordered you to wear one, too.

This was the age-old replay of the same thing that plays out whenever such bullying is institutionalized, the worst recent examples being the Jewish camp guards who enforced the regime of the National Socialist (important to spell that out and not use the Left’s acronym, which avoids spelling out the socialism part) bullies. It is a dynamic explained by the infamous Milgram Experiment, in which student-subjects were shown to be willing adjuncts of bullies, once bullied themselves.

The therapy for this sickness is noncompliance. But it must be practiced by the many and that can only happen when a few are willing to be noncompliant first.

I am willing. Not because I am brave. Because I despise bullies – and understand that they can never be given in to because giving in means more and worse bullying.

Are you willing?

If enough of us will decide we are then we can put an end to bullying.

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