“The Economy of Tyranny” Show Opener for 4.18.18.
First let’s define the terminology. Economy refers to wealth and resources, and tyranny is, according to the dictionary, cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.
So, what do I mean when I pair them up in this way. What does it cost us, individually and as a society when tyranny takes hold of some portion of our lives? Just this past week every post I put on Facebook pertaining to Gun Freedom Radio – specifically the posts about the ͞March for our Lives͟ event – were tagged by someone, somewhere as Spam. We were black-listed on Facebook, and our GFR website was hacked and compromised. All in the same week. And all of which caused a self-perpetuating loop of digital nonsense that landed us, for several days, in Instagram and Facebook ͞jail͟. While not fatal, we are in the communications business, and when we are limited in our ability to communicate with our audience it impacts our show’s resources.
Our most precious and most finite resource is - time. We get only a certain number of minutes to live in this life, and there is no way to purchase or barter for more. Over the past week, I have spent a great portion of this most valuable resource in trying to find the combination to the lock that was on our website and social media platforms. Someone’s cruel, unreasonable, and arbitrary use of power and control impacted my economy of time in very serious ways. And, when my time is spent up in useless pursuits, I am not benefitting my businesses, my customers, my staff or my family with my energy.
Another finite resource available to us is, of course, money. I say finite, because we trade our finite time for that commodity by going to work, and creating, and building things, like so many entrepreneurs and small business people across this nation do. Many of whom trust their financial resources to banking institutions, like Bank of America. Well, just last week, Bank of America has announced that it will no longer allow access to financial resources for certain businesses unless they allow BofA to approve the inventory items of those businesses. While BofA can conduct their business anyway they like, it does smack of arbitrary use of the power over many who have entrusted to them. Cutting off financial resources to a small business is like choking off a person’s windpipe – we must be able to breathe and businesses must be able to utilize our banking institutions in order to thrive and grow.
The bottom line is this. The Rights-Restrictors have a variety of ways to impact our personal economies, and they are becoming bolder and more creative by the day. Some of these Rights-Restrictors have decided that rather than go to the difficulty of changing laws, they will simply levy heavy taxes and financial penalties against those whom they disagree. For example, one town has decided to create a work-around to the Second Amendment, and anyone who lives in that town who wants to keep their firearms will be forced to pay the town $1000 per day, per firearm. Well, that is a win-win for the Rights-Restrictors. Why wouldn’t every-town decide to do just this very thing? Either the tyrants get what they want by disarming their citizens, or they get line their coffers with their citizens’ money.
I could sadly go on and on with example after example of how tyrants of all types have reached into the economies of our lives and created just enough disruption and discomfort to annoy and harass, but not enough (yet) to make us want to put a stop to their tactics. We overlook, we ignore, and we excuse away the
annoyances, and try to marshal on. We take on the burden as sliver by sliver our
peace of mind and our freedom of movement is chipped away. If we do stop,
however, for a moment, and consider the world we are leaving for the next
generation, we may feel protective over these things. If not for ourselves, but for our children, and our children’s children, perhaps we should begin to seriously
take stock of, and audit those who are encroaching on us with their Economy of