An interesting New York Post column about the public's response to irrational Covid restrictions.
If regular democracy isn’t doing so well, maybe it’s time to fall back on “Irish Democracy.”
That’s what Yale political scientist James Scott calls the passive resistance of a society that doesn’t like what its rulers are doing to it. In his book “Two Cheers for Anarchy,” he writes, “One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called ‘Irish Democracy,’ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.”
As it turns out, most of Louisiana has been practicing Irish Democracy for over a year. Last year, when they were begging us to stay home for Christmas, we had a great Christmas. Since then, we have routinely ignored our governor, who desperately wants to be a petty tyrant.
Last week, I wandered into a store, on an errand from Belle. An employee at the door asked me if I would like to wear a mask? "Not particularly" I replied, and kept walking. No issues, no problems. Had the employee insisted, I would have simply trued and gone down the street. Other merchants exist to provide alternatives.
I took the government at their word, when they said a year ago that if we got vaccinated, we could return to normal. I consulted with my doctor, decided that the jab was worth the risk, and then returned to normal. We have learned since then that those pronouncements were a hollow sham. The vaccine really doesn't provide immunity, that the vaccinated can still succumb to the virus, and that this whole exercise is more about the power of bureaucrats than it is about immunity.
I choose freedom.