Pincus is advocating that Americans defy shut-down orders, but to do it in a responsible way…wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing, not packing into meetings or sports arenas.
People have long asked me where “the line” will be… when will it be time to openly defy Unfair and Unconstitutional Government Restrictions? I’ve always said that we’ll know when it gets here. Well, here it is.
We should start responsibly living our lives with all reasonable considerations for reducing the likelihood of disease transmission: gloves, masks, disinfectants, social distancing… all the practical things that can be done WHILE we interact with our friends & families and WHILE we conduct business as best we can.
This is a complex situation and I’m not calling for rebellion for rebellion’s sake. Please watch all 20 minutes and THINK about what I’m saying, the underlying premise, your own principles and then act responsibly.
We talked with Rob some more about this and he thinks that . . .
-Small businesses need to know that they should risk the penalties for trying to re-open. Post on their social media pages and let them know you’d support them if they opened in a socially responsible way.
-It’s not about a group rally or parade… in fact, that would be foolish at this point. Gathering when it isn’t part of honestly essential activities to survive, earn a living or keep a business aren’t what I’m calling for.
-If you are truly worried: stay home. It might be the best thing anyway. There really is a health issue to be dealt with. The point of a #responsiblerebellion is that we should be free to choose, while acknowledging that Freedom Isn’t Safe.
-The Unites States is a vast country with incredible diversity. You have to factor the current situation in regard to your area’s medical infrastructure and what you know about the disease in your area into any decisions you make. Does it make sense to try to reopen a small business in a confined space in Manhattan this week? Probably not. But, in a strip mall in Northern Michigan? Yes, I think it could be done responsibly.