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)