One of the
hallmarks of the Clover Mind is acceptance as an article of faith
that most people are too dumb to do that which is in their self-interest
without the prod of the law.
inspections are a case in point. Many states require you to waste
an hour or more (in some cases a lot more) of your time every year
for every vehicle you own waiting in line to have
the vehicle given a once-over at an Officially Authorized service
station. In return for your time (and money) you get an ugly little
sticker for the windshield, your permission slip (well, one of them)
to continue operating the vehicle.
as presented by Clovers, is that people would never check their
brakes, or drive around on bald tires, were it not for these annual
safety inspections. In other words, people (in the Clovers
worldview) are just too dumb to keep track of such things
for themselves. And in a way, theyre right. But not for the
reasons they think.
That is, the
taking away of personal responsibility by for your own good
laws tends to breed people (Clovers) increasingly incapable of exercising
either personal initiative or personal responsibility. Instead,
they Wait to be Told What to Do.
And I think
that is just what is wanted. Herd-cattle. Compliant, unquestioning.
to vehicle inspections: The average person no longer takes any interest
in the functional aspects of his or her car. It has become an appliance
and theyre as likely to pop the hood and check the
oil (or notice that the tires are looking ratty) as they are to
read up about the role of the Federal Reserve and fiat currency
as they relate to our current economic woes. Let someone else
take care of that.
is not eliminated just transferred. Instead of mentally awake
people taking responsibility for themselves and their own lives,
they surrender both to the Clovers who know best.
This has become so ingrained, so commonplace, that most people arent
even aware of it anymore. Much less offended by the degradation
mentally awake person who does take responsibility for his life
and thus, for his vehicles upkeep will pay attention
to such things as the condition of the tires, the function of the
brakes; whether the exhaust note has changed; whether the windshield
wipers have begun to streak and so on. He will notice
such things and take the appropriate action because
it is in his self-interest to do so. Only an idiot a Clover
would drive a car with worn-out tires or bad brakes (or both).
there are so many Clovers out there (more of them all the time,
it seems) the mentally awake, responsible car owner who takes good
care of his car because he is mentally awake and responsible
and understands that by doing so he is taking care of himself
must nonetheless join the Clover Queu at the gas station, waiting
pointlessly (and expensively) in line and going through all the
rigmarole in order to get his little sticker confirming that, indeed,
he is not a moron.
cynical and self-fulfilling way of viewing the world:
People are irresponsible so well guide (that is,
force) them along the proper path. Which has the effect of
making people less and less responsible which in turn requires more
and more laws (and more and more force).
(if not well-known) film, Idiocracy,
showed us how this dynamic ultimate plays out, but we can see it
all around us already: The passivity; the servile acceptance; the
cow-like instinct to just go-along (and never go it alone).
This is probably
the conscious ultimate goal of the uber-Clovers, the ones
running the show. Orwell called them the Inner Party; Lenin the
Vanguard of the Proletariat. The names dont really matter.
But the ends (and means) do.
safety inspections may seem like a trivial thing. But the principle
at issue is no small thing.
with permission from EricPetersAutos.com.
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