I will stop the motor of the world.
If it wasn’t painfully obvious way back in February 2020, that – unlike the novel that brought us John Galt – the businessmen of the world were never going to be the ones to stop the crushing of humanity, it certainly is clear today.
Following every edict, enforcing every draconian policy, eliminating all unapproved comment, playing the role of the tyrannical state. This has been the path taken by big business (and, unfortunately big churches – especially those under an institutional umbrella).
And now, dozens, if not hundreds, of companies are announcing vaccine mandates for their employees. These range from tech giants in Silicon Valley, to mega-banks in New York, to travel service, restaurants, and others.
I have noticed something not unexpected over the last several weeks. Dozens of help-wanted signs, signing bonuses, interview bonuses. Labor shortages everywhere. Even the most basic jobs – fast food, grocery stores, etc. At the same time, long lines due to lack of staff. Empty tables in the restaurant, with wait times of an hour solely due to lack of staff. Dozens of people at the check-out line, with a dozen lines empty due to lack of staff.
It is a continuation of the disruption caused by shutting down supposedly “non-essential” businesses. As if this could be centrally planned to avoid long term consequences. It is a continuation of the disruption caused by paying people more not to work than they could earn by working.
It is a continuation of the disruption caused by spending trillions of dollars to increase demand while paying billions to purposely-unemployed workers to decrease supply.
For the latest example:
American Airlines Group Inc. and Spirit Airlines Inc. canceled nearly 700 more flights Tuesday, stranding thousands of passengers and stoking concerns that crew shortages are adding to problems that initially were caused by weather and technology issues.
Data reviewed by the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American aviators, showed that out of 284 American flights grounded as of midmorning Tuesday, over 222 were attributed to pilot issues, said Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the union. “That’s unsatisfactory. That’s unacceptable.”
If you believe the state, there remain about 30% today that have not taken at least one jab. Something between 20% - 25% of Americans say they will refuse the vaccine (that’s not really a vaccine); they say that they will never take it. Many of these, inherently, work at the companies threatening them: take the jab or lose your job.
So, I think about the long lines at restaurants, airports, grocery stores, etc. I think about the shortages in industry – the chip shortage in automotive is most famous. I think about the massive prices increases for commodities of all sorts due to shortages.
And I think maybe it is time to strike. Maybe the 20% - 25% of those who will never take the jab need to take a week off from work, all at the same time. Make it clear that this will be the permanent condition if the mandates go into effect.
There are some industries where this will be irrelevant – industries located primarily on either coast, like banking and tech; too many true believers, and a service industry can better handle temporary disruptions.
But there are many industries where this will be tremendously disruptive, those with facilities located throughout much of what is labeled flyover country. Industries that have to deliver product every hour of every day: manufacturing, chemical, industrial, food production, travel, etc.
Will it make any difference? I don’t know. The ones who need to be most impacted by such an action are also the ones most sheltered from the impact.
But I do know how disrupted many industries are today, even without such an action.
Of course, they will make it illegal to do so:
In the name of the general welfare, to protect the people's security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that
Point One. All workers, wage earners and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change employment, under penalty of a term in jail.
Point Two. All industrial, commercial, manufacturing and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit nor leave nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any and all of their property.
I am speaking to those who desire to live and to recapture the honor of their soul. Now that you know the truth about your world stop supporting your own destroyers. The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction to give it. Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support. Do not try to live on your enemies’ terms or to win at a game where they’re setting the rules.
John Galt was mostly, but not exactly, right…
Ephesians 6: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.