Mask wearing is going to get expensive – for the businesses that insist, if we refuse.
I wrote about my decision to cancel my gym membership of more than 15 years’ standing if my gym says I must wear a mask in order to be allowed in the gym. Over the past 15 years, I have paid more than $5,000 in membership fees, not including the additional fees in the same amount paid by my ex-wife over about the same time period. I obviously like this gym – Crunch Fitness in Roanoke – and planned to work out there for another 15 years, at least.
Which would be at least another $5,000 for the gym, just from me. But if the Mask Mandate comes, my cash will go. I won’t pay to play Sickness Kabuki for the sake of Sickness Psychotics who need therapy much more than a workout.
Several of my gym friends agree with this decision and will also cancel their memberships. This will get into real money – maybe enough money to make a difference. Enough financial pressure to make the gym’s owners rethink their Mask Mandate.
This is power – the not-evil kind.
It is the power of voluntary free exchange. Of mutual consent.
The gym, like any business, has the right to establish its terms and conditions. But customers have a right to withhold their business when those terms and conditions are unacceptable to them.
Being told one must wear a surgical mask – while working out – is as preposterous as it is pathological. Probably someone is more likely to die from respiratory distress caused by a mask – which isn’t designed to facilitate the deep and heavy breathing that comes with working out – than might get sick because someone wasn’t wearing a mask.
In any event, the gym can require. But we don’t have to pay.
This power is tremendous and it is time to use it, if you do not like the idea of being made to play Sickness Kabuki by businesses who’ve either bought into Sickness Psychosis or are just playing along for the sake of their own Babbittry. Many businesses in America are like that now. Their product or service is secondary to their insipid virtue-signaling. Which they seem to think matters more than the products or services they offer.
And may, to some.
Not to me, though. And perhaps not to you.
I pay a gym membership to get a workout; not to be schooled. I go there to relieve tension, not aggravate it.
I won’t pay to be aggravated.
If enough of us refused to pay – whether for gym memberships or haircuts or groceries – if those businesses insist on our playing Sickness Kabuki as part of the transaction – then in no time at all, those businesses would be compelled to rescind the Sickness Kabuki requirement.
This distinction is important because it does not involve violence. We simply choose not to do business with you until you change the way you do business. It isn’t fundamentally different than declining to shop at a store where the products are high-quality but the clerks are discourteous or a restaurant where the food is great but the service is lousy.
We had the same chance some 20 years ago when we could have stopped Terror Kabuki at the airports by withholding our business. If enough of us – it probably would only have taken 20 percent of the flying public – had made it known we’d never buy an airplane ticket again until we could get on an airplane without being treated as presumptive terrorists, without having to submit to degradations beneath the dignity of free people, those degradations would have stopped and – today – our children, wives and elderly parents would be able to get on a flight without being treated as presumptive terrorists and subjected to degradations beneath the dignity of free people.
But we didn’t. Not enough of us, at any rate. And because of that, our children, wives and elderly parents are subjected to degradations beneath the dignity of free people.
We face the same choice again – in more serious form. If we do not withhold our dollars right now, we will never again be free to withhold our consent. One can avoid being treated as a presumptive terrorist by not buying an airplane ticket. But how will you avoid being treated as a presumptive Typhoid Mary when it is no longer possible to do anything or go anywhere without being required to play the role of Typhoid Mary?
Is that the future you want for yourself? For your children?
It is a future I will not pay for. And if you agree with me, refuse to pay for it now – while doing so still has power.
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