..it will begin with something like “Cancel Culture”
Why am I performing “Give Me Liberty” for ten people tonight? Read on..
Economic warfare is just that — warfare
Individually, or collectively, when you boycott, when you make a decision against your own economic interest, and penalize a merchant because you don’t like his politics, you are foreshadowing a far darker reality. You are preparing the field for battle. You are setting the stage for what Benjamin Franklin eventually endured when he wrote dramatic words to an old friend in 1775..
Mr. Strahan, You are a Member of Parliament, and one of that Majority which has doomed my Country to Destruction. You have begun to burn our Towns and murder our People. — Look upon your hands! They are stained with the Blood of your Relations! — You and I were long Friends:— You are now my Enemy, — and I am Yours. –B. Franklin
Here’s how it works. Before villages are burned by naval artillery, before farmers are murdered for securing their firearms, someone will propose measured warfare: “let’s starve them out.” The American colonists tried this in 1768 with a non-importation agreement. After a series of wholly illegal revenue acts by the British ministry, (commodity taxes on things like glass, lead, oil, paint, paper, and tea), the Americans simply determined not to trade with Britain.
This was the right measure at the right time. King George, and his pension-bought members of parliament, thought the Americans could be used as revenue slaves. The economic warfare began–the first blood was drawn–by British ministers who thought they could balance the ledger by taxing the Americans without their consent. (Need money? Tax the colonists. They are not represented in parliament. You don’t even need a whip to count votes.)
The colonists met political warfare with economic warfare. They orchestrated a measured response, and a collective one. It wasn’t some informal, social media “boycott Target Stores” campaign, proposed one day and forgotten the next. It had the high seriousness of covenant theology: trade with Britain and you are no longer one of us. “You are shunned. You are my enemy. I place the pointed-finger sign above your shop.”
My contention here is just this: it’s war. If you enter a man’s home and take away his family’s meal, night after night, you may not be putting the barrel of a gun to his head, but you are endangering their lives nonetheless.
If you are the victim of cancel culture, if you have lost your job because of political expression, if you can no longer trade with government agencies because you object to a pervert-story-hour for children, or you have some nagging doubts about election integrity, or you are one of the best character actors in the world and Hollywood won’t hire you, then consider this: you are one of the first soldiers to be wounded on the field of battle.
Tonight I perform Patrick Henry’s “‘Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death” speech for an audience of ten, when normally our venue would host 40 to 130 guests.
Can you guess?
A charter school that has been visiting us for decades fell victim to a social justice warrior who didn’t like my making fun of a black genocidal racist and a porn-star opportunist. I was engaged in wrong-think. You can read the whole history of our story here, but do it later. I need you to concentrate for a minute.
Typically, “conservatives” are polite, generous, and great believers in a reasonable discussion. Unfortunately, our enemies use these virtues against us. In our case, we believe a single misfit parent set the greater population of their charter school on warning: “Go to Riley’s Farm and be considered a racist, homophobic, woman-hating bigot.” The average parent, on hearing this, thinks, “look, I’m late on my utility and insurance payments. I don’t have time for this. I think this social justice weirdo is a hag, but I have to put my head down and make a living.”
In our case, this week, a few of the perpetually aggrieved complained. A few truth-seekers, the people on our side, objected strenuously, and the vast majority just didn’t want to offend anyone. It’s this vast, polite center we need to pull in our direction, with a tractor and chain if necessary. Think about it: the shrill, Antifa brick-thrower has a micro-constituency. No one likes the wicked witch, but she melts if you throw water on her. Stop playing it safe. Ten people in our tavern tonight refused to play the game. They participated, with their children, in a living history event–even if a few of their fellow parents were scandalized by their failure to embrace false-think.
Be like a Riley’s Farm guest!
You need to consider a very real danger on the horizon, and I’ll do it by way of example. When Matt Walsh clearly told Dylan Mulvaney his attempt at womanhood was a ridiculous farce, the real danger wasn’t Dylan Mulvaney, or even his kind. The real danger was the vast majority of well-meaning conservatives who thought Matt was being mean. When a family is harboring a dangerous psychotic, or a shameless groomer, there’s a danger greater than the threat itself: people who think you can ignore the problem and make it go away. It won’t go away. You need to shout it down.
Rules for warriors..
- Don’t let the social justice warrior take the offensive. Let it be known, if you want to bring the kids to, say, a symphony, and someone describes that as “too western” or “too white,” don’t be afraid to call this sort of objection moronic.
- Leaders: do NOT allow your school, church, or company to be high-jacked by someone compulsively claiming “racism, homophobia, patriarchy.” When you hear this sort of fundamentalist cult language, shame this person as a kind of scum-sucking parasite and a weirdo fundamentalist.
- Enjoy your life. It might inspire people without a life to seek one.
- Your children and friends might not be on board. Harden yourself to their opposition. Let your loved ones know: “we’re in for a battle. If you want to be in the inheritance, you better start defending the inheritance itself.”
The hard core political left are very few in number, but they show discipline in their battle plan. They walk into a charter school and demand everyone affirm their own irrational hatred for the “enemy.” They have their own version of the rules I’ve outlined above — and they follow those rules with cult-like devotion.
Learn something from these children of the devil, and apply it to building the kingdom of God: start buying goods and services from the people who will stand with you in the coming battle.
Find some local merchant who speaks the truth and start trading with them. We are certainly available, but it’s not about us.
Be that merchant, and that customer, wherever you are. There’s a war on. It’s about time some of you acted like it.
Tags: Blacklisted, Boycotts, Cancel Culture, Non-Importation, Patrick Henry, Shame, Social Justice Warriors
This post was written by Jim Riley