Well, we've had lots of talk around these parts about the "cult vaporware" of the Dreher Benedict/"BenOp"/Bunker Option. Keep up the good work.
As a change of pace, tho, maybe it's time for another installment of my book report on By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, by Charles Murray. Previously (as they say at the beginning of an episode of 24), the argument was that the allegedly "disinterested" experts and elites can and ought to use the power of the State to change social institutions for the collective good, with the Constitution evolving to allow if not authorize those changes. Whether one characterizes the federal government as having lost its legitimacy, it has at least become, in Murray's words, a "vehicle through which a ruling class hectors and pesters us about our shortcomings". And a vehicle that is not amenable to change by conventional political means, not the least of which is the corruption of the legislative branch (a recent example of which is this*).
The second part of By the People describes a way of effecting this change: namely by "systematic civil disobedience". This systematic civil disobedience is not a general attack on all federal laws and regulations, but only on a subset for which one can persuasively argue "no harm, no foul". Murray provides guidelines on which federal** regulations ought to be exempt from this systematic civil disobedience (e.g. regulations on acts that are in fact bad, i.e. malum in se; the tax code; regulations directed to classically defined public goods), and those which shouldn't be attacked for practical reasons (e.g. those with "halo" effects). Candidates for systematic civil disobedience include federal regulations touching the use of one's property, so-called "best practices" regulations on crafts and professions, those regulations directed to activities in which willing participants are the ones who are ostensibly "protected", and those for which which the accused is obeying the spirit of the rule but not the letter.
The tools suggested by Murray for carrying this out are:
- a private legal aid foundation providing pro bono services to defend the innocent, to defend those technically guilty of violating regulations that should not exist (and inflicting litigation pain on the agency while doing so), and to generate publicity about the issue; and
- an insurance vehicle for covering fines, costs, and damages incurred by the accused