“That is all there is to it! You are arrested…And you’ll find nothing better to respond with than a lamb-like bleat: Me? For what?” – Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles is providing rewards to people who snitch on citizens and businesses who violate social distancing rules.
I will say this flat out: I am not advising people to stop social distancing. I am also not advising people to break the law.
Nevertheless, the idea that there are some applauding Mayor Garcetti for these actions scares me far more than the virus ever will.
Authoritarian government may not have killed as many people as disease throughout our history, but it has done so far more efficiently than disease ever will.
In this episode, I discuss parallels to Soviet Russia and what I believe needs to happen to keep us from falling further down the slope toward tyranny.