2020 Taught Me the Sources of Resistance to Tyranny Come From Unexpected Places

"Only a handful of implausible outposts of resistance that no one could have identified in advance"

Where were the places that did not lock down? It was not the tax havens. It was not the birthplaces of liberty like Spain, Italy, or the UK. It was not among the most highly educated and credentialed populations of Massachusetts or Melbourne. Internationally, it was Tanzania, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan, Nicaragua, and Belarus. Even Russia opened up sooner than the US with much fewer stringencies. If I had told you in 2019 to move to Nicaragua right away to preserve your freedom, you would have thought me crazy. And yet that is precisely where we found ourselves, living on a big globe with only a handful of implausible outposts of resistance that no one could have identified in advance.

In the US, there was only one state that fully resisted apart from closing schools for two weeks, and that was South Dakota. That was due to the courage of Governor Kristi Noem, who made her decision to stay open based on an intuition that freedom is better than all forms of government planning. Despite media denunciation, her decision was politically popular in this state that prides itself on the frontier spirit of independence and skepticism toward power. Beyond that, Georgia was the first state to open up after having fully closed. It was accomplished by a Republican governor who defied even President Trump. His decision was widely popular in his state. That further led to openings in Florida, South Carolina, and finally Texas, each one greeted by howls from the media and predictions of disaster that never came true.

Other communities in the US never locked down, defying even their own governors. A major one that received very little attention – other than perfunctory denunciation from the governor of New York – were the Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. They went on with their lives under the conviction that their faith dictated certain forms of community engagement, and they refused to give up what was central to their lives for some claim of a disease on the loose that required them to comply.

Another group receiving almost no attention for their resistance was the Amish of Pennsylvania and Ohio. As the meme said, they were unaffected by Covid because they didn’t have TV or the internet. Yet another community to resist were many people of color in the South. Even now, their vaccination rates are the lowest in the country owing to a deep and justifiable fear of a medical establishment telling them what they are supposed to inject into their arms. These communities of color in the South took to the streets with the George Floyd protests (BLM) but there was plenty of evidence at the time that there was a metatext to these protests: a defiance of lockdowns to which major media could not object. My friends who live here were deeply grateful for the protests and those who pushed them because they knew what was really going on. This was not about BLM; this was standing up to the police power that was enforcing the lockdowns and thus asserting their rights to live freely.

These were the forces of resistance in the US, in addition to the very small intellectual resistance mostly led by a few outposts and led by small research teams. As time went on, once Trump gave up on lockdowns, Red State governors jumped on board, and with that Fox News spoke out too (rather late in the game). Once it was safe, we saw the D.C. think tanks get involved but this was late in the year. The two weeks to flatten the curve turned to 8 and 10 months before the people who had been assigned the tasks of defending American freedom woke up and got to work. Meanwhile, the real resistance had taken place in the least auspicious communities – ones that we could never have predicted and in places that hardly anyone would have guessed would have led the way in standing up.

In addition, there were the disparate people out there in many states who were skeptical all along – a minority to be sure but they were there. In the early days, I saw very few of these people on social media. People fell silent. Those of us who did speak received torrents of death wishes and denunciation.

Gradually, over time, that changed. After a year or so of living hell, people began to crawl out and post their opinions. Today, Twitter is filled with people who say that lockdowns were always a terrible idea and that they always opposed them. That’s probably true but the fear campaigns from the media and government silenced them. They were only emboldened by a consistent voice to lead and give them courage.

I take from these extraordinary examples that the demographics of pushback against tyranny are mixed, unpredictable, and inspired mostly by deep convictions that transcend political categories as we know them. Plus they had to have the courage to act. Tellingly, none of them were part of any well-funded and well-organized “movement.” Their resistance was spontaneous, beautifully unorganized, and stemmed from deep moral conviction.

Source: RealClear Markets

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speciem libertatis
speciem libertatis
4 months ago

on the other side of the coin, I still dont understand the people who took the Jab and yet still wear the mask when they are outdoor or in their car alone !!!!!!

Roger Broederdorf
Roger Broederdorf
4 months ago

These are people who do not want to take responsibility for their own actions. If something goes wrong, blame the people who told them to do it. There are millions of these people in the USA

David Spear
David Spear
4 months ago

in fact, that’s quite easy to understand: no thinking brain at any point. it’s a common fallacy among rational people to expect that others should be also rational.

Mr Reynard
Mr Reynard
4 months ago

“in their car alone”
Well you have young single males alone in bed wearing condoms ??

speciem libertatis
speciem libertatis
4 months ago
Reply to  Mr Reynard

let;s not compare sweets to salt

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
4 months ago

What is to get? They are mentally unstable.

Mr. Evans
Mr. Evans
4 months ago

Because They Are Seriously Low IQ $heeple Who Just Follow Orders So That They Don’t Have To Think For Themselves . . .

Do Not Worry, For They Will Not Be Alive By This Time Next Year Due To The Deadly Toxins They Allowed Into Their Stupid $heeple Bodies . . . .

Say Your Good Byes To Them Now Folks, For Their Are The Poisoned Walking Dead $heeple Zombies . . . ;-0

XSFRGR
XSFRGR
4 months ago

People are frequently referred to as sheep for a reason: They are generally to panicky, hysterical, and cowardly to survive.

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
4 months ago
Reply to  XSFRGR

That used to be considered a feminine trait.
That’s why men would be there to keep everything cool and even.
But now the man reacts just like the women and what you have is a country that reacts emotionally.
This is a recipe for disaster of course.

Marlelar
Marlelar (@marlelar)
4 months ago
Reply to  Raptar Driver

I agree. What we are now seeing, on all fronts, is the fruit of the American cultural revolution of the 1960s. It has ruined mankind’s understanding of itself, it has exponentially increased corruption in business and government, and it has mortally wounded religious institutions, not the Faith, but the human institutions that are an outward manifestation of that faith (hierarchies, charities, etc.) When men and woman no longer know who they are and what their roles in society are, that society will eventually crumble.

kkk
kkk
4 months ago

Zionist mafia runs the show

ken
ken
4 months ago

“this was standing up to the police power that was enforcing the lockdowns and thus asserting their rights to live freely.”

(If) he is talking about the looting and burning of businesses then he is wrong… BLM and Antifa (communists) do not care one iota about freedom or liberty. Making excuses for them is worse than the act. This had nothing to do with the illegal lockdowns.

Today whenever a Black is killed by police,,, even if on the up and up,,, it turns into a “free” shopping day with vandals burning and destroying everything in sight. They are hoodlums,,, not protesters.

If they wanted to protest police brutality I doubt anyone would have a problem with that. I sure wouldn’t!

And the only reason there were unlawful lockdowns is because gutless sheep allowed it. Factual truth not tactful bs.

Last edited 4 months ago by ken
Helga Weber
Helga Weber
4 months ago

Sadly, in Canada you look in vain for any sort of resistance, perhaps a little in Toronto.

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
4 months ago
Reply to  Helga Weber

I spent 8 days in downtown Vancouver 2003.
Never have I seen so much freedom.

What happened to you guys?

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Raptar Driver

Those were the Boomer/Gen X years. The snowflake Millennials have since taken over.

April Preston
April Preston
4 months ago

I have four children at home and did nothing unusual in my cleaning habits. In fact, sometimes I enjoyed sitting near the vaccinated in close quarters too. I would don a mask in order to avoid assault and cover any unpleasant facial features.
We either stand for something, or we lay down and die for nothing.

Marlelar
Marlelar (@marlelar)
4 months ago
Reply to  April Preston

Beware. The vaccinated can “shed” their deadly drugs.

Marlelar
Marlelar (@marlelar)
4 months ago

A lot of free people do not use “social” media so you do not hear of their small but persistent resistance to the lockdowns and now the rising medical tyranny.

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