“… Cold appraisal of the corruption, deep capture, incompetence and general treachery of our ruling class and their swarms of apparatchiks says it’s prudent to take any conceivable civil calamity onto our accounts. Among the costs to us are evasion and survival skills. Be clear about this, no peaceful person of good will living in a sane society needs such expertise. It’s a personal disfigurement, the dark side of natural law, a rebuke to civilization itself. Those who see these things as an adventure warrant our deep suspicion. Yet no sooner are we subjected to one outrage than another follows, each betrayal more astonishing than the last.
The realist must acknowledge the one-sided, top-down trashing of the social contract and prepare for ever more calamitous turns of events, and so it is we reluctantly and regretfully consider such tactics here. ‘