In a fascinating essay, an immigrant from Portugal explains how Americans are different from everyone else. We are individualists. We are willing to take on tasks ourselves instead of waiting for the “proper” person to do it. We are not collectivists and we don’t even really understand what is the nature of collectivism. We are, therefore, ungovernable.
The statists are in charge and they think they have won. They have won nothing.
But, listen, the problem with these sons of… Babel is that they might be American, but they’re not American ENOUGH. If they were, they’d understand “ungovernable” and this willingness for each of us to go it alone (often for common benefit, but on own recognizance, nonetheless) is not a bug. It’s a feature. And that it’s baked in the cake of a people who came here to escape the top-down spirit of other places. Some of the black sheep (or as one friend of mine calls it, the plaid sheep) attitude is genetic, hereditary, inborn. And enough of us have it.
Push harder and we escape harder, through crevices they don’t even know are there. Forbid us from making a living, and we’ll find a way to go around you. Make it impossible to defend ourselves, and I shudder to think what some of my friends and neighbors will come up with. Make the economy impossible, and we’ll create another one you can’t reach. Make regulations too binding and we’ll either ignore them or – more likely – creatively subvert them.
They captured the flag, and they think they captured the nation. It’s the type of mistake that the bureaucratic mind makes.
Poor rats. Try not to laugh at them too hard, as you go about the business of undermining them.
We have them surrounded.