There’s a scene in James Cameron’s Titanic film that bears on our situation. The great ship is obviously sinking and Jack – the lead character – breaks through a door to gain access to a main passageway for himself and Rose.
“That’s White Star Line Property!” screeches a white-coated bellhop character.
Everyone watching understands the absurdity of worrying about a damaged door on a sinking ship.
Like the one we’re all sailing on.
That it’s taking on water is undeniable. You can feel the list. The national debt, which took 200-plus years to reach $1 trillion in the early ’80s – has increased to more than $25 trillion over the course of less than the past 20. The value of money decreases alarmingly. Nothing seems to work anymore – and so people don’t.
How long before the ice cold water gushes up the stairs, under doors, inundating hallways? Everyone knows the clock on the fireplace mantle is about to slide off and that – soon – the whole thing will lie on the bottom of the ocean.
The Bruce Ismays – the rich elites, the politicians – are taking steps to not go down with the ship.
Maybe so should we.
Some of us already are. As by evading and outright ignoring as many “ship’s rules” as it’s feasible to “get away” with. There’s certainly no moral obligation to play by their rules – on their tilted table. The one upside to being on a sinking ship is that it gets harder and harder to enforce those rules as more and more people understand that it’s every man for himself.
In some states, the “White Star Line” has made it easier to bend – and to break – certain rules. For example, in Virginia – home to this writer – certain rules regarding motor vehicles are no longer aggressively enforced. It used to be that if you drove around with a dead inspection sticker or tags – or had a brake light out – you were open to a Hut! Hut! Hutting! by an armed government worker.
The risk wasn’t worth the cost.
But that has changed, thanks to the very people who have steered the “Titanic” into the iceberg. You no longer have to worry (much) about those rules. Social Justice has put a stop to it. To enforcement of it. The screech of the perpetually aggrieved about “disparities” in traffic enforcement – non-whites were said to be and probably were Hut! Hut! Hutted! more (and harder) over these penny ante rule-violations – has seen to that.
So take advantage of that.
Or at least, it can be.
You can now safely cruise along in VA with an out-of-date or even no “safety” inspection sticker and it is much easier to “get away” with hanging set of Farm Use tags on your vehicle, even if your “farm” is an apartment with a tomato plant on the kitchen window sill.
This latter lets you evade not just the annually required “safety” inspection (which is actually an inspection of the contents of your wallet) but also the annual tithing styled “registration renewal,” which is in fact an annual tax you’re expected to pay in return for which you get a colored sticker that shows your “registration” is up to date (actually, that your payments are up to date).
I stopped “registering” my truck back in 2019. I inspect it, myself – without opening my wallet. Unless the truck actually needs repairs, as opposed to paying some state-sanctioned lamprey a $20 for “inspecting” it.
I’ve already saved – let’s see – about $210 by not paying to have my truck (or wallet) “inspected” or my “registration” renewed for the past three years. It may sound like small potatoes – but it’s a start. And that $210 buys a couple of bags of groceries – which is no small thing these Let’s Go Brandon days.
It also gives me the small-scale satisfaction of “getting away with it.” Damned straight. The more of us, the merrier.
The more of us, the stronger.
Tyranny requires obedience. When enough of us stop being obedient, tyranny loses the ability to compel obedience. This is the key – to everything. Stop giving a damn. Stop giving in.
The truckers in Canada understand this. They, too, have decided to stop obeying – realizing that they’ll only get more tyranny, if they continue to obey. Instead, they have decided to take advantage of what they always possessed but until this moment never put to use – their numbers.
And their mass disobedience.
People in the old Soviet Union understood the power of that, too. They pretend to pay us – and we pretend to work. Don’t feel bad about not paying “your fair share.” Feel good about preventing them from stealing as much of it as you can.
However you can.
If there is an upside to being on a sinking ship it is that am moment comes when the passengers understand they are unbound from the rules that would otherwise apply. In normal times, some of these rules are sensible and it would be wrong and even stupid to ignore them. Like smashing out a perfectly good door that doesn’t belong to you.
But these are not normal times – and to continue to obey nonsensical/arbitrary rules that are self-destructive is very stupid.
Jack knew the Titanic was doomed. He did what he had to do to try to survive its sinking.
And so should we.
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