A prominent U.S. conservative author is coming out with a new book that calls for civil disobedience.
The author, Charles Murray, says that the trend in government is always to make ever more regulations, and only rarely do these rules get loosened or revoked. The result is that our lives are choking on red tape. We’re restrained from innovation and entrepreneurship by the justified fear that we’ll stumble over some overlooked law and get taken down by some zealous bureaucrat.
The answer, Murray suggests, is for citizens to effectively nullify these regulations through mass non-compliance backed by mutual insurance plans to protect us against targeted government reprisals. This, he says, would soon make those regulations null and void.
Here is some press about Murray’s new book:
- Regulation Run Amok — And How to Fight Back: Murray summarizes his argument in the Wall Street Journal
- The Case for Conservative Civil Disobedience: a review of the book from The Washington Post
- Want to Sabotage Bad Laws? Healthy Contempt is More Important Than Legal Strategy: J.D. Tuccille ponders Murray’s idea in Reason’s Hit & Run blog
The civil disobedience + mutual insurance combination resembles what some U.S. war tax resisters do with their tax refusal + the War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund.
It is nice to see civil disobedience getting a respectful hearing in conservative circles, and I look forward to a time when the incessant gripes about taxation on the right start getting accompanied by some actual refusal.