Tag Archives: Compliance

Inverted Victimhood, by Eric Peters

Just make sure you comply, regardless of whether or not it makes any sense. The government is entitled to our obeisance, simply because it is the government. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Bad enough that people are told they “owe” money to people they never met, with whom they never contracted for services they neither use nor want – i.e., having to pay what the “government” and those who do not understand what it is – or don’t want to face up to what it does – calls “taxes.”

Worse, arguably, is people who’ve not been harmed receiving money – via the “government” –  extracted from the hides of those whom the “government” claims have done them wrong.

Mercedes-Benz being the latest inverted victim of this dirty business.

The German automaker stands convicted of passing government “emissions” testing.

Its Bluetec diesel engines – like VW’s TDI diesels – were “clean” enough to be “certified” for sale in the U.S. and Europe.

All of the foregoing words in air-fingers quotation marks to indicate the disingenuous way these terms are always used by the government and its lampreys, including those in the “media.”

“Clean” means compliant. It does not mean that a not-“clean” engine is dirty; i.e., that it generates extravagant or even significant pollution. The difference between a “clean” and a not-compliant engine can be (and is) defined by fractions of prior fraction, according to “Tiers” and “Bins,” which are the government regulatory apparat’s obscure and largely meaningless – in terms of anything meaningful as regards pollution – hopscotch categories defining compliance.

“Certified” means the government approves. Which means the government allows. That which is “certified” may be manufactured and sold; that which is not “certified” is illegal to manufacture and offer for sale. “Certified” means nothing insofar as fitness for use, though the government would like it very much if people believed it does. Many, unfortunately, do.

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Diaper Report 8/16/21

The majority of people are discarded their masks. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

This Diaper Report is filed from a “hot spot” of sickness psychosis and weaponized hypochondria – Earth Fare, in Roanoke, VA. It is a good barometer of the spread – or not – of this mental illness because it was one of the most extremely sick (in the head) places in the area, at the height of this engineered mass panic.

Everyone was Diapered – except your narrator, of course – who was denied entry for that reason. The most extreme forms of sick Kabuki were “practiced” within – with face-effaced Nurse Ratcheds behind the plexiglass at every cash register. This was the case – for months, even after the governor-gesundheitsfuhrer lifted the face-effacing “mandates” (this strange new practice of issuing personal orders that some respect as having the force of law, as if duly enacted by a legislature accountable to the voters).

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Fixing the Game, by Eric Peters

The government deals and the government holds all the cards. Should you play a rigged game? From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Does it make sense to play by the rules when the rules no longer apply? Well, when they only apply to you?

If you own a car, you are forced to “cover” it with an insurance policy that costs what you’d never freely pay – and what the insurance mafia could never get away with charging – if you were free to say no this “coverage.”

Many people do say no to it. They are too poor to afford it and just drive, sans the “coverage.”

And they “get away” with it.


Nothing is done to them because they have nothing more for the government – which promulgates the rules – to take. Perhaps their car, but if they are poor (or smart) it is probably a beater and they can just go out and buy another car – with the money they didn’t spend on a piece of paper (i.e., the “policy”). 

Some aren’t here legally and have also said no to the driver’s license – the government ID card, really – that rule-abiders are also forced to get and carry (as well as pay for) according to the rules of the game.

The system doesn’t care much about such people because there is no money in them. It is rare for them to be kept in jail because that would be a liability rather than an asset. And the government – despite what is said about its book-keeping competence – knows all about profit and loss.

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What the Failed 55-MPH Speed Limit Law Tells Us about COVID Lockdowns, by Ryan McMaken

Just because government passes a law doesn’t mean people will obey it. Often they have good reasons for breaking it. From Ryan McMaken at mises.org:

During the oil crises of the 1970s, Congress attempted to lower gasoline consumption by mandating a lowered speed limit for vehicles on all highways. But the efforts quickly evolved into a national campaign to increase traffic safety through lowered speed limits. Government data showed that thousands of lives could be saved per year by enforcing lower speed limits.

Millions of American motorists, however, were unimpressed. Widespread noncompliance resulted as many Americans concluded it was better to accept higher risk of death on highways—for themselves and for those around them—than to travel at reduced speeds. Government propaganda efforts such as the “55 Saves Lives” slogan proved ineffective, and the national speed limit was repealed in 1995.

The experience may be instructive today as many American policymakers insist that Americans must accept ongoing mass lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in the name of reducing deaths from COVID-19. Yet given that Americans have proven to be unwilling to reduce highway speeds—even in the face of the threat of traffic citations and deadly accidents—it is likely that they will soon be generally ignoring the lectures from “experts” and policymakers about the righteousness of destroying businesses and livelihoods in the name of safety.

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