G. Keith Smith, M.D. – Exploring Defiance – Exploring Defiance

G. Keith Smith, M.D. – Exploring Defiance – Exploring Defiance.


Public judging of a law (Obamacare is just one example) as a failure invariably leads thoughtful people to dig deeper, wondering, for example if other laws have escaped the public scrutiny they deserved, and introduces an element of doubt about the sincerity of the players in the regime and even the legitimacy of the regime itself.  Having lost their health insurance as a result of Obamacare, a hitherto Obamacare supporter might entertain the unthinkable:  ”If I was lied to about being able to keep this policy I liked, what else have they lied to me about?”  Most people in this spot initially direct their frustration at individuals rather than focus on the system itself, mistakenly believing that a different political course of action is all that is needed.

Much more important is the non-political form of defiance, for this represents the “lack of consent of the governed,” that brand of defiance that even the cruelest of tyrants have found difficult to crush.  Ignoring, ridiculing or laughing at the awkward cruelty and corruption of tyrants and their cronies have historically been more effective in deterring political bullies than even the best results of “mid-term” elections, in my opinion.

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