To Protect Our Liberties, We Must Learn to Leverage the Art of Association
The pandemic has proven that the system of limited government we have inherited in the West is in a state of profound crisis. Under the pretext of the pandemic, our governments have had the audacity to:
instruct citizens who may come and go in their own homes
tell citizens when and under exactly which conditions they may worship publicly
prohibit citizens from protesting publicly
compel private establishments like bars and restaurants to engage in health surveillance over their own customers
override the judgment of doctors with crude bureacratic edicts
freeze citizens’ bank accounts for engaging in public protests
We cannot stand by idly in the face of these attacks on our liberties. We must do something to defend the integrity of our families, neighbourhoods, businesses, and civil associations in the face of governments that believe they enjoy unlimited sovereignty over the social fabric.
As individuals, we can do little against the Leviathan of the modern State and its vast bureacracy, propaganda, and finances. But if we learn to effectively leverage the art of association, as French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville so eloquently recommended, then we can put ourselves under the protection of civil society institutions, where there is strength in numbers.
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