On Human Events Daily, Jack Posobiec, who advocates for people to "get out of cities," detailed the effect of the combination of the massive crime wave in American cities and the Covid restrictions. Essentially, this boils down to incredibly strict rules for some, while others are simply permitted to commit crimes with little to no consequences for their actions.
Posobiec recounted the mass, organized looting sprees seen in San Francisco, where a gang of some 80, masked, armed thieves targeted the high-end Nordstrom department store, and detailing the lawlessness that has come to be a feature of many American cities, such as New York and Chicago. That, when paired with the authoritarian overreach of Covid inspired restrictions such as stay-at-home orders, vaccine mandates and vaccine passport requirements, have resulted in something called anarcho-tyranny, Posobiec argued.
"There's a phrase for this right? There's a phrase that people have been using to describe the kind of society that we have now. It's called anarcho-tyranny," he said.
"It seems like two separate things. How can you have anarchy and tyranny? Aren't they are the opposite things, right? Isn't anarchy the absence of law and tyranny is totalitarian? How do you have both, right? It's simple," Posobiec explained.
"We live in a society now where you can be thrown off a plane if your toddler doesn't wear a mask, or if his mask falls below the nose, or you're not putting it back in between bites, you get thrown off a plane.
"You can be rejected from going into certain restaurants, you can't even sit down in places like by the way, San Francisco, where I just was, you couldn't even sit down inside a restaurant unless you had a vaccine," he said, noting that it's unreasonable for restaurants to demand to "check your medical status" before permitting you to sit in their restaurant.
"But then the anarchy part comes in," he said. Not only are restaurants demanding to know patrons' medical status before seating them, but restaurants are shutting down early because they are afraid of crime in their neighborhoods.
Posobiec said that he had gone to Chinatown, and it was entirely shut down by 7 pm. "So first," he said, "you have to have a vax to sit down, but then they shut down at 7 pm because the crime. Because nothing's going on about it. So they're shut down. Bars over all the windows, bars over all the doors.
"This is what anarcho-tyranny means. You have the tyranny of prosecuting you and going after you and cracking down" with the use of Covid-inspired restrictions on liberty and freedom of movement under a system of "medical tyranny."
"But," he went on, "the anarchy of; we're going to allow violent criminals to do whatever they want, to get away with it, to not charge them, and then even if they are arrested, like we saw on this one video, they're put right back out on the streets."
"This is what rock bottom looks like," he concluded.
The concept of anarcho-tyranny was likely coined by Samuel Francis, who described it in a 1994 essay. He wrote that anarcho-tyranny "is essentially a kind of Hegelian synthesis of what appear to be dialectical opposites: the combination of oppressive government power against the innocent and the law-abiding and, simultaneously, a grotesque paralysis of the ability or the will to use that power to carry out basic public duties such as protection or public safety."
Francis wrote that anarcho-tyranny "not only fails to punish criminals and enforce legitimate order but also criminalizes the innocent." This is what Posobiec is talking about, a two-tiered system that imposes greater and greater restrictions on the law-abiding public, enforcing them with brutal measures, while allowing criminals to do as they please with limited repercussions.
"Under anarcho-tyranny," Francis wrote, "gun control laws do not usually target criminals who use guns to commit their crimes. The usual suspects are noncriminals who own, carry, or use guns against criminals..."
Writing in 1994, Francis wrote that "the government response to crime is by far the best illustration of anarcho-tyranny. On the one hand, police forces are better equipped, better trained, and more expensive than ever before in history. Police routinely use computers, have access to nationwide information banks, and carry weapons and communication gadgets that most tyrants of the past would drool over. Yet the police seem utterly baffled by the murder rate."
Police and government enforcers in 2021 have no trouble cracking down on the unmasked, the unvaxed, and social media dissidents. But they cannot seem to tackle the increasing crime rate, the mass thefts, the street crime that has returned to plague cities, or gang-related drug and gun violence.
Francis posits that "Under anarcho-tyranny, the goal is to avoid performing such basic functions as stopping real crime and to think up purely fictitious functions that will raise revenue, enhance the power of the police or bureaucrats, and foster the illusion that the state is doing its job. The victims of these new functions and laws are precisely, otherwise, law-abiding and innocent citizens. It's easier and more profitable to enforce the law against the marginal lawbreaker than against those habitually committed to spreading mayhem."
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