Lockdown Resistance: Original Activism-Lockdowns article
It is hypocritical to charge one’s government with fighting the virus while simultaneously complaining that we don’t like the actions that they are taking towards that end. The only role of the government in a pandemic is:
- public education about the virus
- enabling individuals to take protective action for themselves
- expanding health care capacity as necessary.
Beyond those three functions, our governments are not responsible for anyone getting coronavirus, the flu, a broken leg, or any other health condition. The scientific reality of herd immunity will keep infection rates very low once infections reach a certain point.
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ignore Social Distancing Rules
Civil disobedience is a virtue in the face of a corrupt government. Many people have indeed won Peace Awards for unlawful behavior. Nelson Mandela, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, served 27 years for economic terrorism.
The entire independence campaign of Mahatma Gandhi was one of civil disobedience and opposition to the government. Gandhi was himself imprisoned for 6 years for fighting for freedom.
Politicians have been able to get away with lockdowns only because they have been blindly obeyed by virtually everyone. If enough people continued to live their lives normally, there would not be enough police officers to arrest them.
Neither would there be enough jail capacity to detain everyone. Politicians would be forced to abandon lockdowns. Businesses should also disobey lockdowns to the extent that they can withstand government retribution. It is unfortunate when a business is fined or shut down by the police for standing up for its patrons, but like individuals, if enough businesses disobey the lockdown at the same time, the government may back off.
Spread the Message that Lockdowns are Worse Than COVID-19
The government-media lockdown propaganda machine has convinced most people that lockdowns provide a net benefit to society. The drawbacks of lockdowns, according to this deadly alliance, are necessary to save lives from coronavirus. Most people do not realize that drastic social distancing causes far more suffering and takes more years away from people’s lives than does coronavirus. It is important to educate others on the harms and politics of the pandemic response. Policy change begins with a change in public opinion. Talk to your friends and share this website on social media. Challenge people who spread the myth that lockdowns save lives. People will not regain their freedom until a large number of people raise their voices.
Exposing government fraud does not make you a conspiracy theorist
It makes you a responsible parent and citizen
Peaceful protest is valuable for any group fighting for their rights. Protests get the attention of the media and let others know that they are not the only ones who are against lockdowns. They give others the courage to speak up. To maximize the number of people involved in a movement, it helps to have a basic message that many people can get behind, such as “restrictions do more damage than they prevent.” Too much talk of coronavirus being imaginary or vaccines being Bill Gates’ method of ruling the world can alienate people who don’t share those beliefs, not to mention pull the public discussion away from the health imperative of easing restrictions.
Politicians will see that there is a growing fierce opposition to lockdowns and come to understand that their political careers depend on protecting civil liberties, not taking them away.
Write Letters to the Government
Letter-writing is an easy way to influence the government. Amnesty International recommends to its members that they write post letters, rather than emails, because they find that they are taken more seriously. Emails are also effective. Referencing this website can help, as it shows that you understand the situation. Letters can be directed to individual politicians or government agencies at the federal or state level. They will have the most influence if they have a professional, intellectual tone and it is clear that the writer thoroughly understands the issue. Displays of anger are effective in protests but backfire when it comes to writing letters. Ironically, the more professional the tone of the letter, the more intimidating it will be.
Write Letters to Civil Liberty and Human Rights Organizations
Where have advocacy groups for civil liberties or human rights been since lockdowns began? Basically all of them have been too afraid to confront this issue. When these groups were needed more than ever, they abandoned their own missions to join the pro-lockdown parade. The legitimacy of these groups has always been questionable. Each rights advocacy organization has a culture which values certain rights more than others. For instance, Amnesty International fights for the rights of terrorists but not for the rights of people to be protected from terrorism. The ACLU fights for the right to abort babies, but not for the rights of those unborn babies. Civil liberty organizations may not have moral authority, but many are powerful and well-resourced. Please write to rights-related organizations in your area and educate them on the relevance of their missions to lockdowns. They can make good allies in the fight for liberation.
The courts are an indispensable tool in protecting society from the crimes against humanity perpetrated by government and news media. A municipal, state, or federal government can be taken to court for violating the constitution. There have been successful legal actions taken against governments on the grounds that lockdowns violated the constitution. No government measures infringing upon constitutional freedoms should go without a legal challenge. Law firms can be hired that specialize in constitutional law. There are also charities that take up public interest constitutional battles for free. In Canada, for instance, the nonprofit Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, has taken a few provinces to court over lockdowns.
News media firms can and should be sued for constantly inciting hysteria and spreading misinformation. They have consistently, intentionally, and knowingly deceived the public about SARS-CoV-2 and social distancing. Thus, they are legally responsible for the ensuing mental, social, and financial devastation. Did you or your business lose money due to pandemic restrictions that arose from the pressure that the media placed upon your government? If so, you deserve full compensation from the media corporations responsible. Are you one of the hundreds of millions of people suffering anxiety as a direct result of the media’s incessant panic-mongering? Those news companies definitely owe you financial compensation if that applies to you.
A major drawback of litigation or constitutional challenges, regretfully, is that cases can take years to come to a conclusion.
LEAD with the health impact of healthcare denial. Most people realize what a folly it was to deny people healthcare. But don’t make this your central argument because then people may think that lockdowns are good as long as they don’t affect healthcare.
KEEP it about pandemic restrictions (and vaccines, if that’s an issue for you). Too many anti-restrictions activists have been using their platform to discuss unrelated issues. The more irrelevant issues you bring in, the more people you alienate.
KEEP conspiracy theory discussion to a minimum. The COVID response is a conspiracy in many ways (eg. COVID tests don’t work, non-COVID deaths are listed as COVID, social distancing destroys health more than it protects it, governments lie about hospitals being full, etc.) but leading with “hoax” or “conspiracy” turns people away from the outset. When the discussion gets to government’s behaviour, use the word “fraud” to describe the dishonest activities without people tuning out.
STAY away from people who say SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t exist. There are very few of these people but they can be weird, vocal and discredit the entire anti-lockdown movement in the eyes of the public.
DEMAND government unconditionally respect three fundamental principles of public policy: respect for the constitution and human rights, non-harm, and informed consent. The pandemic restrictions are based on deception (violating informed consent), cause severe suffering (violating non-harm), and trample on nearly all of our most basic constitutional rights.
SHOW your outrage over the severe harm caused by the restrictions. It will liberate others to do so as well and not feel ashamed for being against the restrictions. Successful political action requires passion.
GRAPHS are invaluable to convey quantitative messages, such as COVID cases in free states being on par with those in locked-down states, or patient loads being at normal levels in hospitals. Actually, without graphs, or at least tables, people are inclined to dismiss your claims. Government fraud is so rampant now that people cannot believe it!
PERSONAL stories of the harms of lockdowns, especially of children and the elderly, are helpful to include along with the logical case. Most people base their views on their emotions.
ATTACK only. Never defend. Lawyers and politicians know that their opponents must ALWAYS be on the defensive. If you take a defensive attitude and justify your counter-narrative position, all the scorn will be on you. You want to always be attacking your opponent. For instance, avoid saying “I think that we shouldn’t have lockdowns because they cause a lot of collateral damage.” Don’t even mention yourself or your opinions. That causes people to put their attention on you and criticize you. Only discuss the actions of the perpetrators (eg. “Premier Ford’s lockdowns have caused tremendous harm to Ontarians and his own government shows that hospitals average only one COVID patient each.”) Place people’s attention squarely where it should be — on the guilty party.
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