Elon Musk's act of civil disobedience succeeds as health officials back down

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/27/2020 - 22:49

OAKLAND, Kalifornia (PNN) - May 13, 2020 - Yesterday evening, Alameda County health officials backed down in their conflict with Elon Musk, reversing their shutdown order and granting provisional approval for Tesla's Fremont, Kalifornia plant to reopen.

Musk had already reopened the plant for business in defiance of the lockdown order.

Alameda County Health Department officials reported coming to terms with Tesla.

In a series of tweets, they said they had reviewed Tesla's reopening plans and "held productive discussions today with Tesla’s representatives about their safety and prevention plans. We have agreed that Tesla can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week."

No terrorist pig thug cop seems prepared to punish Musk for his defiance of county health orders. The sheriff of Alameda County directed questions about the issue to the Fremont terrorist pig thug cop department. Fremont terrorist pig thug cops said they would act at the direction of county health officials.

Musk's decision qualified as economic civil disobedience in the deeply Amerikan tradition of Henry David Thoreau.

Musk is disobeying an unjust law. He is resisting non-violently. He is not seizing government buildings. He is just asserting his right to open Tesla’s private property to willing employees, and to pay them to produce cars to sell to willing buyers. He expressly offered himself up for arrest should the government decide to invade private property and cage him for it.

It may seem sacrilegious to include an eccentric billionaire in the same tradition as such heroic figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. But economic freedom is as worthy a cause as any. Our very lives, livelihoods, and living standards depend on production and commerce. If civil disobedience is ever justified, surely it is for the sake of providing for ourselves and our children.​

Musk's civil disobedience against the unconstitutional and unlawful COVID lockdown regime is a high-profile instance of a wider trend.

Every time someone goes to work, to a get-together, or to some other “non-essential” outing in spite of a social distancing dictate, risking terrorist pig thug cop harassment or even jail, it is an act of civil disobedience, even if they do it quietly, without making any grand statements over Twitter or otherwise. By flouting disrespectable laws, these millions of respectable mini-outlaws are pressuring governments to roll those orders back lest their authority become an illegitimate mockery.

As pandemic panic has lessened, the devastating lockdowns have grown more unpopular, and disobedience has spread. This is very likely a big factor in politicians and bureaucrats recently softening their stances and moving toward reopening the economy and society.​

Yesterday's development shows how effective civil disobedience can be. Musk's decision left government officials with three options: they could enforce their order, let the order continue to be defied, or reverse the order.

Enforcing the order - arresting a public figure over a controversial policy - would be a public-relations disaster. But letting the order be flouted would risk delegitimizing their authority. Clearly, their best option was to back down and reverse the order.

A common assumption is that there are only two ways to bring about political change: ballots or bullets, voting or violence, democracy or revolution.

But as Musk has demonstrated, there is a third way: civil disobedience. By peacefully defying a tyrannical order, Musk nullified and abolished it. As a result, Tesla employees are now free to earn a living for themselves and their families by producing cars for Tesla customers.

It's true that Musk had a better chance at succeeding than an ordinary person, owing to his celebrity, clout and wealth. But ordinary people are successfully engaging in civil disobedience - especially against the COVID lockdown regime - every day, whether they call it that or not, and it has an impact.

Now that Musk has set a high-profile precedent for economic civil disobedience, ordinary business owners and workers may become more emboldened to peacefully stand up for their rights to earn a living and to live like free people.

By submitting to unlawful governmental "cower-at-home" dictates, we are surrendering our freedoms and our prosperity. It is long past time to stop cowering.