This is not a religious post. The title is the title because it’s one of those undeniable bits of wisdom. More important, blessed are those who believe without touching.
It’s not most of us.
Okay, so the posts this week could be entitled in common “An unfortunate series of posts, composed of Sarah having experienced unfortunate things, knowledge of which she dearly hoped would never be needed in America.”
Yet, here we are.
Other than my suspecting that the People’s Convoy glows in the dark, I know there are many other convoys with spread-out start dates. I worry for all of them. I agree that it would be a lot more rational for truckers (and anyone who does real work) to just stay home for a week starting today.
But unfortunately this type of situation isn’t rational. It’s emotional gossamer, composed of feel and see and touch. Because humans aren’t rational about things that matter deeply for survival, like “How can all of us live together? Under what rule?” Or how to make things better when they’ve gone profoundly wrong, like now.
Look, yes, a general strike of truckers or of anyone really would be far more effective in bringing the country to its knees. (It also would make it much easier to demonize people. Bear with me.)
A general strike is usually, for good and sufficient reason, the last step in this type of thing, not the first. You have to know you’re not alone, first. You have to be bonded as a group, first, to be able to say “We’re all staying home” and get any significant buy in. (The left seems to have forgotten this. They knew it in the old days, but now they’ve tried it several times to no effect. And for us, of course, it’s all new.)
Look, a general strike would have done much better than the demonstration at which I almost got shot, back in the seventies. But it probably wouldn’t have rolled tyranny.
And the trucker convoys are more dangerous individually than a general strike — prove any individual person isn’t just staying home because they had a positive COVID TEST (particularly since they have. I mean, if you take fiver tests in a row it’s almost guaranteed one will be positive. Papayas and Mangos can test positive and so can you.) — but it is also far less effective.
Sure we now have the internet, and can know things the media doesn’t show, but there’s still a difference between various podcasts of people staying home, because they’re trying to bring “I can’t believe it’s not socialism” to its knees, and seeing a convoy go by with normal people honking their horns and their trucks plastered with flags and slogans about freedom.
The first is easier to demonize, to believe these are a small fringe, that these people are weird (everyone looks weird on camera on the net) etc. As opposed to seeing people just like you, who have had enough.
This is why the Trudescu regime wanted to take down the bouncy castles and harmless dancing, national anthem singing truckers. Not because they were evil violent nazis, but because they were normal working people. Normal working people opposing the left is like apocalypse for them. It can’t be reconciled with their cosmogony, and therefore it must be destroyed, so they can keep their illusions.
It is why the tea party in the US had to be demonized and destroyed. And the January 6 protesters too. Because unlike the ante-fa with their utter bizarre weirdness (most of them move like aliens, or psychos) and the anger that pours out of them, or beardo the weirdo on the corner, waving his “No blood for oil” sign, the tea parties and the January 6 protesters were bog standard Americans, and usually had all the indications of your nicer family members.
I know, I went to three tea parties. I was probably the weirdest person there, and I’m honestly not weird enough for my own circles. These were nice, middle class people. (Though at least in the springs, there was probably proportional (national) representation of races. Which is amazing because the springs is more white than the rest of the country.)
But it was effective, and though the demonization was effective too, briefly, it didn’t stick. Because almost everyone knew someone in the tea parties, or had driven by one, or seen pictures. It’s very hard to get up there and scream blood murder about neo nazis, when mostly it’s aunt mildred, with her pink pouffy jacket, and a sign that says “Taxed Enough Already.” Because you know aunt Mildred carries little packets of candy to give kids, and never cares what color the kids (or the candy, for that matter) are.
The tea parties were the beginning of the end for the left controlling the image of the right. And so, probably are the trucker convoys in Canada. Here, if they can avoid the glowies doing something stupid, it shoudl be at least the middle of the end.
That’s one side of “why in person?” Because people are social. they need to see, and feel and smell before they believe.
The other side is humans being social. Having a party over zoom is not the same. And having a demonstration long distance is not the same. Sure, you might get a lot of people who say they’re going to strike, but when push comes to shove it’s all “Look I had to go in, because my kid needs shoes, and that day’s pay–“
Because humans are social. There’s a reason when some place is on strike, people are expected to show up for the picket line.
A general strike — and it MIGHT come to that — would be way more effective and have more participation of you say “everyone on general strike go to your neighborhood meeting point. There will be signs to hold.”
Yeah, okay, it is more dangerous, both because of glowies, and because, well…. tyrants still have power, as the Great Asshole of the North proved. They can get you beaten or worse.
But that too works, because it means evil has to remove its mask, and attack completely normal persons, that could be your next door neighbor.
And people will remember that. And the world changes.
So, should we have trucker convoys? We’re going to need a lot of things like. Convoys and marches, and demonstrations.
People out there need to know they’re not alone in resistance. They’re part of a greater whole. The country isn’t happy.
Yes, it’s very dangerous.
It’s also necessary.
Let’s try to avoid the glowies and minimize the butcher’s bill.
Unfortunately it might not be fully avoidable.
And yet, in the list of causes you can give your life for, human liberty is up there (granted below some for me, but not many things.) Because even the Author wrote us with freedom to choose. Who is mere human to take it away.
If the time comes for you to march, or drive, or light a candle in the window (um…..) or whatever is called for to say “I’m here, and I am against tyranny” pray that you have enough strength.
Then do it.