Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: Our Federal government masters in Ottawa Canada, currently a dictatorship patrolled by the Liberalists, have just decreed that there is $5,000 available to purchasers of an EV. This is addition to the $5,000 taxpayer paid subsidy from the province. So, we gas guzzler drivers are to be allowed to thankfully pay down $10,000 towards the purchase of a car most of us detest. There is a great sample of representative government. A free country. Yes, freedom to obey, and pay your taxes, or else.
My reply: I think it’s important to be careful with the words we use. In this case, it is not “our” government – whether yours or mine – but rather, theirs. This conveys the point that we are being ordered about by people who have no legitimate right to do so. Never use “our” when referencing the government – unless you have consented to be ordered around by it and even in that case, it is your government – not mine.
The matter of consent is crucially important, to make – or break – the moral case for the things government does. Take away consent and the crux of the matter becomes crystal clear: Naked force; slavery – the degree being immaterial as regards the fundamental fact.
We are clearly not free. Except to obey (or else) as you’ve pointed out.
EVs are a priority agenda item for the government, which regards them as a vehicle (pardon me) for getting rid of privately owned vehicles – ultimately – or achieving the de facto same thing. EVs will greatly restrict personal mobility and give the government and corporations vastly more control (including via information) over our mobility.
The time to push back against all of this is right now – before the cement sets and it becomes effectively impossible to stop.
Think Obamacare. Too late now.
Let’s hope there is still time – and the will – to stop EVs.
And for the Teslians: By “stop EVs,” I don’t mean EVs per se. I mean forcing EVs down people’s throats. I have no issue with any company that wants to design and build an EV and offer it for sale at a price that reflects its full cost to manufacture, plus adequate (honest/free market) profit margin to make it worth building. If people buy such EVs, that is entirely their right and I would never suggest otherwise. But the rest of us should be free to make a different choice, free of coercion – and without being coerced to “help” the EV builder or buyer.
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