You might consider it a clue that almost literally every “crisis” of the past 30 years – and the “solutions” tendered by those who insist there is a “crisis” – further consolidates the power of the government-corporate nexus and corrodes whatever nominal “freedom” still remains to us. Most of which amounts to – per George Carlin – being “free” to choose Pepsi rather than Coke.
We are no longer free to travel. On the road, we may be stopped arbitrarily – for literally no reason at all, beyond a generic assertion that there might be a “drunk” about. Not you, specifically – nor anyone else, specifically. Just a kind of archetype of “drunk” – who could be anyone. Thus, everyone must be presumed a “drunk” until each one proves they are not.
This regime was imposed because of an asserted “crisis” of “drunk” driving.
It is true there were some “drunk” drivers. It is just as true today, notwithstanding all the laws forbidding it – and the “checkpoints” searching for it. The difference now is we are all “drunks,” even if we’ve had nothing to drink. Our former freedom to be presumed sober – and left in peace to go about our business – crumpled up and thrown in the trash like a used Kleenex. Instead of having to worry about the slight chance of our being run into by a drunk, we must worry about the much greater chance of running into armed government workers, who have been relieved of their former obligation to adduce probable cause before they have any lawful reason to stop us, examine us and interrogate us.
Having successfully established the principle that there is no right to travel by car unmolested, even in the absence of probable cause to suspect some offense has been committed, it was easy enough to expand the principle to encompass travel by air, where being “drunk” is immaterial as you are not flying the plane.
But you might be a “terrorist.”
Anyone might be. Ergo, everyone must get used to being treated as a presumptive terrorist – obliged to submit to pat-downs (hands-on or using a scanner) as well as the humiliating and offensive rummaging-through of their personal effects, interrogations and the like. It does not matter that actual terrorists could, if they wished charter an airplane and avoid such theater. What matters is the theater. The getting-used-to-it.
And so the American people have.
It is not surprising, then, that they hardly objected – most of them – to being told they must accept being treated as presumptively sick. That anyone might be sick. Accordingly, everyone must be assumed sick, a carrier and spreader.
Using this new pretext for the same thing, the populace was gulled into accepting orders forbidding them even to leave their homes – or to enter stores. Terms formerly not heard outside of prisons – such as “lockdowns” – came into general usage. They were obliged to perform more degrading rituals, which they’d already grown accustomed to performing in the other contexts detailed earlier (e.g., standing on one foot and counting backwards from ten to prove soberness; standing with legs apart and hands in the air at the airport). Having already been degraded, it was not difficult to degrade them further.
They are probably ready to say “yes, sir” – or yes, master.
The current “crisis” is the “climate crisis.” It has been manufactured for the same reason as the other crisis and it rip-tides things along in the same direction. The people are relentlessly hectored by the extremely affluent and privileged that their material well-being, such things as owning a car and being free to drive it wherever they like, whenever they wish, the eating of meat, owning a single family home, hot baths – even hot food – are “contributing” to a “changing” “climate,” a general ominousness never specifically defined but always just around the corner unless something is done to prevent it.
That “something” being just a further elaboration of the same things: Less freedom to choose, more control over us. We are told we must accept our diminishment as a moral matter. That we are morally defective if we oppose “taking the necessary steps” to forestall the putative “change” of the “climate” that those who demand our diminishment insist is just around the corner.
They are not obliged to prove it is, in fact, just around the corner – just as they succeeded in getting us to accept that it is not necessary to prove that anyone specifically is in fact drunk – or a terrorist – before treating them as such.
This is what comes of allowing them to put the cart ahead of the horse. Of allowing ourselves to be browbeaten into submission over things we’ve not done, on the basis of assertions made that we might do them. It has etiolated to the terminal stage – we are there now – of accepting what will be our total enserfment for the sake of staving off a “climate crisis” that lacks even the sliver of truth used to get us to accept being treated as “drunks” and “terrorists” in that there were (and are) drunks – and terrorists.
Not many, but some.
As opposed to no “crisis” – when it comes to the “climate.”
None that has anything to do with the 0.04 percent of the air that is carbon dioxide, to which our supposed machinations might add a fraction of a fraction of a percent. The idea that the latter is “changing” the “climate” in any measurably meaningful way – one that amounts to a “crisis” – is an absurdity only a populace demoralized by 30-plus years of being harangued about crisis after crisis could accept, having already accepted the “necessity” of “taking action” to forestall all those prior crisis.
This isn’t how liberty dies – as per the Star Wars saga.
It is how neo-feudalism is born.
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