Have you entered a store without the mandated mask affixed to your face?
Visited a friend in violation of a lockdown order?
Frequented a New York bar that didn’t offer “substantive” food to go with your beer?
Congratulations! You’re a thought criminal!
And here’s the best part: There are more thought criminals being born every day!
What am I talking about? The counter-economy, that’s what!
You see? This whole COVID-1984 phenomenon is giving plenty of otherwise ordinary, obedient tax cattle the chance to become counter-economists. It is growing the agora.
But it needs to be restated: All of these counter-economic activities that are happening as a natural response to the lockdowns and restrictions mean nothing if they are not consciously directed counter-economic activity. If people are not aware of the importance of their decisions, if they don’t understand why we must expand the agora and broaden popular support for unsanctioned activities, then they will be easily led back into the system at the first convenient on-ramp.
If the state slackens the rules here or creates some leeway there, then people will—as usual—take the path of least resistance.
The choice of whether or not we grow the agora is quickly becoming an existential one.
In the end that choice is ours to make, but we better make it quickly. Are we counter-economists committed to growing the agora and ending the state? Or are we merely tax cattle to be slaughtered when the state deems us to be sufficiently fattened?Rejoice! The Agora is Growing!