How to resist tyranny

The political battlelines in America (and the West) are no longer drawn between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. Those days are long gone. It’s now between those who cherish individual freedoms and those who want to control every aspect of your life, those who love America and our way of life and those who hate America and want to destroy that way of life. As we see our country become increasingly more Orwellian, how do we effectively resist this descent into tyranny?

First, a couple of definitions.

Tyranny, according to the dictionary, is a state of governance where one arbitrarily rules unrestrained by law or constitution. This government becomes repressive in its unjust use of power.

Totalitarianism is a concept used to describe a form of government and political system that prohibits all opposition parties, outlaws individual opposition to the state and its claims, and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life (Wikipedia).

When you have government leaders dictating unconstitutional mandates, forcing our children to be indoctrinated with neo-Marxist ideology (CRT), perpetuating economic shutdowns that destroys private small businesses and our general way of life, all on the pretense of safety, you have the makings of tyranny. And when you have government and corporations colluding with Big Tech to cancel any speech that does not line up with the “single party” narrative, you have the makings of totalitarianism.

As the author of Academy of Ideas said in his video, “The Manufacturing of Mass Psychosis – Can Insanity Return to an Insane World“:

“Never before in history have such effective means existed to manipulate a society into the psychosis of totalitarianism. Smartphones and social media, television and the Internet, all in conjunction with algorithms that quickly censor the flow of unwanted information, allow those in power to easily assault the minds of the masses.”

How, then, does one resist tyrants and totalitarian regimes in such a world? There are several tactics that are very good and are actually more effective than political action, including not being afraid to speak the truth and expose the hypocisy and lies of the tyrants, creating a parallel societal structures (business, media, etc.), but here are my two favorites that anyone can do right now.

Live a normal life!

If “everyday people” (which is most people) just started living normal lives tomorrow, the whole leftist narrative would collapse like a house of cards. James Lindsay, in a conversation with Benjamin A. Boyce, recalls a story from a mom from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who told him how they broke the “Covid-scare” spell:

“Where the spell broke was when the moms in this neighborhood said, “Your kids can play with my kids…it’s okay. If your kid gets my kid sick, it’s okay…” And once this happened the neigborhood started to knit back together because the parents are now engaged with their children, with each other, and like that’s real America, that’s what’s really happening now….People are going to start noticing that the narrative and the reality aren’t lining up.”

There’s nothing more devastating to an oppressive and false narrative than living in contradiction to that narrative. This means living in freedom in spite of those who want to take it away from us.

I’m personally done with the mask cult. I’ve had Covid, I’ve been vaccinated, and I’m smart enough to stay home when I’m feeling sick. From what I can see in my area, most people here feel the same way. We’ve lived pretty normal lives here since February. We meet together in public places, we invite people into our homes, we have a life.

What our normalcy and public discourse does is expose the narrative for everyone to see and question. James Lindsay continues on this point.

“The last thing the “regime” wants is for anybody to be having normal conversations of skepticism about anything that’s being said.”

“As long as people don’t speak up because they think they’re the only one, tyrants have power. [The “emperor’s new clothes” still has some validity with our silence].

“So the last thing that the people who want to put all these implements of control on us want is normal people talking and saying, “You know what,” and this is a very powerful sentence, “I’m not sure about this. They don’t want people questioning the narrative in normal everyday conversations where they’re getting together and understanding. And these conversations are happening.”

So, living a normal life under the current conditions is one of the most subversive things you can do!

Use humor and ridicule

My other favorite subversive weapon is using humor and ridicule to delegitimize the ruling elite. As Joost Meerloo points out in his book, “The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing“:

“We must learn to treat the demagogue and aspirant dictators in our midst…with the weapon of ridicule. The demogogue himself is almost incapable of humor of any sort, and if we treat him with humor, he will begin to collapse.”

There are some great resources for memes and videos that do this but one of my favorites is the Babylon Bee. Everyone should subscribe to their channel and let the fun begin. Here’s a good example from the Babylon Bee that ridicules the maddening policies of the CDC:

Beloved, you are as free as your will to be free. Don’t comply with the insane mind games of the radical left who wish to force you into submission. Live your life and show your world what freedom looks like. You’ll most likely start a revolution.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal.5:1 NIV)

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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18 Responses to How to resist tyranny

  1. Amen Mel!!!
    And perhaps our friends at the Bee should not give the powers that be any more ideas such as the cone of shame — I can see it now— we’d be the new inverted cone heads of an Orwellian SNL skit minus Jane Curtain and Dan Ackroyd 🙄

    • Mel Wild says:

      Ha! True. But it is interesting how many liberal comedians are very much against woke because it is so humorless. As Bill Maher said, they cancel you for stepping over the line, but the very nature of comedy IS stepping over the line! The woke cult has ruined comedy. That’s why we need comedy now more than ever! And making fun of everything woke is very fertile ground for good comedy, 🙂

  2. LightWriters says:

    And we need to PRAY like everything depends on prayer because it does. It’s through prayer that Romania rid itself of unspeakable tyranny under Ceaucescu twenty some years ago and why their country did not allow forced jabs, masking, etc., as we are facing in the West. In Romania, the devilry of tyranny is still fresh in their minds from Ceaucescu and as a result only 25% showed up at their vaxx sites, and sites had to be shut down. The West’s painfully out of touch naïveté about Communism is why we’re where we are at today with ongoing masking, vaxx passports, lockdowns, propagandist media run amok, and totalitarian globalists dictators like Biden in office in the US and Trudeau in Canada, (both of whom are heavily in bed with UN Agenda 2030, etc)

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, pray is critical. Sean Feucht had called for 21 days of prayer which is still going on now. Former President Trump spoke about it in a video during the rally in DC.

      I have friends who are from former communist countries, like Ukraine, and they are appalled by how many Americans are duped by the left’s deception about Socialism and all the things that lead to Communism, like saying your democratic and for social justice. These are the same kind of lies Chavez said to Venezuelians to get them to vote for him. As it’s been said, you can vote in Socialism, but you’ll have to shoot your way out.

      People in the West need to wake up, and wake up soon. So, yes, prayer!

  3. pkadams says:

    Love the Bee. Great post. So true about the mirthless left .

  4. Tricia says:

    Really enjoyed this Mel and so, so very true! I watched that academy of Ideas video awhile back and thought, my god, this is exactly what has happened! Covid has really brought out the mass psychosis that’s happening for quite some time in our society. And I agree one of the best ways to combat the delusions is to not cater to them anymore, which means don’t wear mask just because you think it might make someone feel more comfortable. You are just enabling their illusion.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Academy of Ideas has some great videos explaining how a society becomes sick through mass psychosis, which the left has been doing under the pretense of Covid. For instance, Academy of Ideas have another video titled, “Why an Obsession with Safety creates Sick Minds and a Sick Society” that explains what’s happening very well.

      You make a really good point here. By participating in the mask cult, we’re enabling this mass psychosis. But it’s funny about human nature another way. Once they see your bravery, they will get brave and reject the illusion.

      • Tricia says:

        Ooh, I will have to check out that video on safetyism. I’ve been listening to the audio book of The Coddling of the American mind and there’s an entire chapter devoted to that and really describes to a T what’s going with Covid even though it was written a few years ago.

        • Mel Wild says:

          Jonathan Haidt’s book on The Coddling of the American Mind is really good. Here’s the video about how obsession with safety creates a sick minds for anyone who wants to see what we’re talking about.

        • Mel Wild says:

          One of the best quotes from the video (in a chilling and telling way) is the following:

          “Relieving people of the burden of freedom in order to make them feel safe is a recurring theme in the history of authoritarianism.” (Frank Furedi “How Fear Works”)

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    THose are some practical strategies

  6. Pingback: His love makes us brave! | In My Father's House

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