Passive Resistance

Dave Killion — February 10, 2012

‎”I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.” -Étienne de La Boétie

The image and quote above both come to us via the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which recently had another item concerning withholding consent

“Rather than utilize the suspicious paper chits issued by the Khan’s local governor, Tabrizians either fled the city or remained and subsisted on emergency food stores, sometimes raiding the gardens of neighbors who had left. Merchants refused to transact or trade; tents in bazaars stood empty.”

Withholding consent is a potentially dangerous activity, in that it involves ignoring regulations, an act which can have severe consequences in some circumstances. In order to minimize the risk, it would probably be safest to do so on a small scale. If a regulation is being widely violated on a small scale, the state has a difficult time catching and punishing all the little rebels, and loses some respect and power as a result. Perhaps growing just enough cannabis or distilling enough spirits for personal consumption. Even easier would be to enter the black market, by providing and/or purchasing goods and services on a cash basis. Keep your day job, and operate a cash business on nights and weekends. At the very least it’s fun to daydream about.

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