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Essay of the Day: “In the end, we’ll do what we have to do.”

From Claire Wolfe Who’s in denial? Part II – Living Freedom

Most everybody. Millions of ordinary people who think bad times are always temporary are in denial. Oligarchs and plutocrats who believe we ordinary people are eternally tractable and malleable are in denial. Intellectuals who believe increasing quantities of fashionable nonsense are in denial. Politicians and their handlers who believe they can rule by fiat without consequences are in denial. Fools who imagine “the science” is a religion and that dissent from any statement by a high priest government-approved scientist is heresy are in denial.

I’ve been in denial about the true depth of our circumstances and about how truly evil (and insane) our new totalitarians are. I venture to say every one of us is in denial about something pertinent to freedom’s future. Even the best of us have blind spots, no matter how much we pride ourselves on having clear heads and open eyes….

The two most striking things about our ongoing catastrophe are a) the speed with which we’re supposed to adopt various imposed “new normals” and b) that those doing the imposing act as if their latest nouvelle folie or violation of freedom is simply another day at the office.

For example, We learned just a little over a week ago that the Biden administration plans to send COVID vaccine missionaries from door-to-door (but it’s okay because they’re “community volunteers”). Weird enough.

But when Commentariat member Granny dropped the news on my last post that the Bidonistas are also engaged in trying to prevent our own friends and relatives from sending us private, legal text messages, my first thought was, “Somebody’s been peeking at those crazy conspiracy sites again.”

Of course, her claim about that most intimate form of censorship turned out to be absolutely true. (“Today COVID; tomorrow, your political memes.”) It was yet another case of being insufficiently paranoid. Or as friend and sometime co-blogger Silver reminds, “It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.”

And they are, they are.  

Tampering with our private communications is the sort of STASI-wish-list item that would once have generated a huge outcry — in virtually every corner of the media, in Congress, among political activists of all stripes, among the intelligentsia, everywhere. This would have been worse than Watergate, grounds for impeachment, an act quickly forbidden by the legislature or the Supreme Court.

And what do we hear instead? Crickets. Only a few die-hard civil libertarians even give a damn.

But who can blame those who yawn and go on with life? Yesterday no doubt brought some equally shocking, horrifying, or scandalous news. Tomorrow will bring more word of the ridiculous, the invasive, the totalitarian, the impossible. Some days we might get hit with two or three or four such outrages. Which one do you adopt as your cause when by tomorrow morning five more equally outrage-worthy acts will have fallen to your attention?

This is not apathy. This is not even the famous “outrage fatigue.” This is a sign of fatal decline. People know either that they can’t do a damn thing against the onrushing absurdities and evils or that they’ll try to accomplish something and be trapped forever in a game of Whack-A-Mole.

It’s chilling, as well, when you remember Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

I’ll update Voltaire for our times: “Those who believe absurdities and force silence upon doubters, ensure atrocities.”

RTWT at Who’s in denial? Part II – Living Freedom

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  • CR July 21, 2021, 1:57 PM

    Get. Off. Of. All. Social. Media.

  • ghostsniper July 21, 2021, 2:13 PM

    Define. Social. Media.

  • EX-Californian Pete July 21, 2021, 3:38 PM

    “Too early to shoot the bastards?”
    Yeah, but “When ballots fail, bullets always work.”

    Well, it might be too early to shoot the bastards, but never too late to take up reloading ammo and prepping for the helluva storm that’s brewing.
    Courtesy of the ammo exchange group I’m in, I just made a nice swap- a bunch of brass (calibers I’ve collected that don’t fit any of my firearms) for some smokeless powder and LR primers, and I really don’t need either right now. Lots of trade requests for my cast Alox and PC bullets, but I won’t be trading those until I get a few hundred more pounds of lead from my smelter guy.

    As for the current ‘silence’ from patriots, I don’t think it’ll last much longer, as we’ve been pushed and shoved to the breaking point. Maybe past it.

  • Diana July 21, 2021, 4:00 PM

    I agree with what Claire Wolfe wrote! Wish I could say more, but as we all know…. We’re all being monitored by this Communist US government.

  • Mike Seyle July 21, 2021, 4:26 PM

    I think, Diana, that after you posted the above, you might as well say anything. At this point, we’re all in this together in the broad sense. And all alone to do what we will, or won’t, in the restricted sense. You’re right, of course, about the monitoring. I care a lot in a time-honored sense of the evils of monitoring a nation, and I tried a couple of “yeah but” conclusions. But. I care a lot in a time-honored sense of the evils of monitoring a nation. Like so many others, though. These are just words. They don’t move the needle anywhere. Words. Empty words.

  • gwbnyc July 21, 2021, 6:22 PM

    Too late.
    I won’t last five minutes.
    I’ll wait alive awhile longer.
    I’m not yet on the edge of I no longer embrace this puny existence and I’ll take two with me.

  • John the River July 22, 2021, 5:46 AM

    This. Is Social Media.

    At it’s higher flowering and elevation of the senses.

  • Dirk July 22, 2021, 8:01 AM

    “after the theft of a presidential election” we are now a communist country. Fuckers stole it fair and square.

    Don’t worry , the blogdaddies have things under control.

    Isn’t it interesting the amount of republicans who have stood tall and demanded justice! O wait! We’ll just before the 2022 gig, you can bet they’ll be on soap box’s telling the world how their going to right the injustice. Right after their re-elected .

    Amusing actually.

    VI

  • Sam L. July 22, 2021, 8:45 AM

    I carry my Covid card in my shirt pocket, so that I can whip it out, put it in my left hand and hold it out, and raise my right arm up at 45 degrees, und zay “Hier ist mein papier, Herr/Frau OBERST!”
    (Note: Not copyrighted. FREE to ALL. Use with discretion, but with a loud voice.)

  • ghostsniper July 22, 2021, 10:15 AM

    If a criminal demands your papers you have a duty to yourself and humanity at large to pull your steel and dispatch the vermin post haste. Unless your testosterone storage facilities have been disabled. In that case, I hope someone dispatches you soon, turncoat in wait.

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