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The economy is a social thing. Politics is a social thing. Everything is a social thing. Whether we approve or not, life going forward is the sum of quadrillions of individual decisions. Adoption of and maintenance of collective structures have individual decisions at their base. Those decisions may be coerced, but they are still individual decisions.
The time of decision for each of us has come. The incontrovertible evidence is that COVID-19 is not going to kill us all. It might kill me, and, from my perspective, that would be the end of the universe and totality (unless I am wrong about the lack of sentient eternal life). But the world will go on.
But will the structures we have built continue? Will our constitutional process remain?
We are in a race to equilibrium. The process of progressives is to either create or exploit disruption as a means of imposing a new equilibrium centered around greater central control. The American Revolution created a new equilibrium on the American continent for self-government as opposed to rule by kings and queens. There is an argument that human DNA favors the collective over self-reliance. Human history suggests there is an eternal conflict between those poles with neither extreme being infinitely sustainable. It was, and remains, a relatively small group of humans that can set up and sustain self-government against the forces of tyranny.
The triumph of free markets over central planning in the latter half of the 20th century was remarkable but is not a guaranteed and permanent organizing principle. Globalism arose on the backs of free markets and the inability to spread self-government principles and commitments along with those free markets has resulted in the dominance of the CCP and the European Union over masses of people governed without representation. That unrepresented governance has, in turn, distorted the operation of markets to the advantage of the powers that be. And in the US, what was de jure representational government has become de facto government by the unelected through the efforts of corporatism and politicians to empower an administrative state.
And so we arrive at an epidemic promoted by two viruses: SARS-CoV-2 and progressivism. The first is to make us fear, and the second is to make us trade our G-d given human rights for safety and security. If we can conquer our fear, we can defeat progressivism and retain our civil rights. We must set the center point of our equilibrium back to individual liberty. That is what our Constitution says, and that is what we must enforce.
I will be participating in another effort to petition government this weekend at the state capitol in Sacramento. I choose liberty.
Join me if you can. Join another group where you are if they are coming together to petition. Put a sign on your lawn if nothing else. Now is the time, before people become grateful for the few “rights” that governors, in their magnanimity, restore.
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