This will be brief. I have company this week. Though my guest and I have brainstormed through a world of perils and generated vast amounts of blog fodder, I planned to wait until next week, then begin a new multi-part series on bringing down totalitarianism.
A moment has come up this afternoon, so here’s a beginning.
First, please take a cruise though these links that I’ve been collecting in preparation for the upcoming series, most especially the last in the list.
- Adaptive Curmudgeon sums up everything that needs saying about the obnoxious, unconscionable, cruel, inciting, totalitarian, and exceedingly dangerous speech our Puppet-in-Chief mumbled through last Thursday. You know the one. Losing patience with “those who block the public health,” indeed.
- “COVID’s Willing Executioners” by Todd Hayden. Yet another thoughtful article about the dangers all freedomistas (vaxxed and unvaxxed) face from the irrational mobs the current regime is deliberately stirring up.
- The new plan to track every transaction of even the smallest bank account holders.
- Rural Colorado parents create their own public school featuring hardcore education, character building, and no-politics. (There’s a waiting list to get in, too.)
- “How to Tell What the Government Fears Most.” And very much related, “Us, at the Gate,” by Thomas Kendall.
- “That Facebook Thing,” by Commander Zero. Once again, “being too prepared” makes us suspects.
- Eisenhower was right once again.
- On the lighter side: Are your teenagers experimenting with philosophy?
- “What I learned about Democrats from the Inside.” (And inside is almost an understatement.)
- Finally, and most important, here’s The Academy of Ideas on How to Escape a Sick Society. It’s a 13-minute video and although it does not quite deliver on its “how to” promise, it lays out the entire background in calm philosophical tones.
If you skip all the other links, please watch that video, even if (like me) you usually can’t abide getting your information fed to you by YouTube.
Last week, I wrote that freedomistas had just two jobs to do in our new totalitarian society: live with the ugly reality and plan to outlive it.
The catch, of course, is that neither of the two jobs is simple or easy.
Part of those jobs involves developing parallel systems, or even parallel societies as described in “How to Escape a Sick Society.” We need, as human beings and as a culture, to “route around” the damage of totalitarianism. By routing around, we accomplish multiple good things, from weakening the power of the oligarchy to giving dissidents a way to live and thrive to (potentially) replacing the oligarchy without bloodshed when the day comes.
Really we won’t end up with one, or even two or three, parallel societies, but thousands of them.
Many kinds of parallel systems are needed. But every newborn freedomista society, large or small, will need methods to replace existing (and completely corrupted):
- Education systems
- Financial systems
- Justice systems
- Medical systems
- Transportation systems
- Communication systems
And that’s what my upcoming series will be about.
Some of those are relatively easy and already underway. The government schooling system, for instance, is crumbling before our eyes and being replaced by outstanding options.
Other systems are much harder. How do we replace government-dominated banking and medical care when the oligarchy’s grip is so tight and punishments are so potentially huge? How do we form truly just justice systems and not end up creating little mafias or warlord fiefdoms instead?
But of course, even in those most difficult areas, we already see opportunities opening. You can probably name a dozen ways that new financial systems and medical systems are developing by chance or by design. Government systems are so broken and have become so unpleasant to use that millions will be driven to abandon them and create alternatives, even under threat of horrible punishment for stepping out of the (former) mainstream.
So. That’s where we’ll go next week, and probably for several weeks beyond that.
I hope to have you with me.