The New Intellectuals must assume the task of building a new culture on a new moral foundation - Ayn Rand

Category: The Parallel Society

Keep Your Blood Money

The SCOTUS ruling against vaccine mandates for large, private companies was marred by its unfortunate decision to allow it for health care workers at facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine mandate for private firms, allows mandate for healthcare workers

There is, however, a potential and indirect upside to that despicably corrupt part of the ruling. The blowback may create a strong moral and financial incentive for the spread of health care facilities that openly refuse any form of federal funding. Certainly they would have a ready and willing pool of employees, given the refusal of so many doctors and nurses to comply with the mandates. And I can’t think of anything better for the long-term health of the health-care industry than that.

Heart of a Child

Eric Clapton has released a heartbreaking new music video about the devastating harm done, especially to children, by the lockdowns.

This is what a counter-culture revolution against the “new normal” of ascendant fascism looks like. Creators with honesty and integrity sprouting like new growth in today’s cultural wasteland, to make art to inspire resistance to the brainleashing of mankind.

The philistines of the conservative establishment must learn that art is a major lever of cultural change, and start supporting good people who make it. The world needs actors and filmmakers and musicians and novelists, to inspire a spiritual renaissance against the soulless oppression that we face today.

An Entrepreneur’s Rebellion?

Some have observed, regarding the coming vaccine mandate job losses, the danger in effectively expelling many of the nation’s most independent thinkers from its current workforce. That danger is real. I’ve seen little attention paid yet, however, to the flip side of it.

That flip side is the effect of casting many of America’s most intelligent, independent-minded, and potentially entrepreneurial minds “into the wilderness,” so to speak, and forcing them to reinvent themselves. Not all of the current realignment in the national employment landscape is happening because of a backlash against tyranny. But some of it, clearly, is.

There’s been a lot of talk about how dissenters can counter rising totalitarianism by rejecting existing, corrupted institutions, and establishing “parallel structures” to replace them. It seems to me that fascist overreach like the vaccine mandates may only end up serving as a crucible to help encourage that.

Workers Quit Jobs in Droves to Become Their Own Bosses

Seeking flexibility or escape from corporate bureaucracy, employees discover their inner entrepreneur

Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2021