To the law of unintended consequences could also be added to this piece about SCOTUS considering this Appeal to stop people selling their goods secondhand. For instance if you can’t sell your car or trade it in, you might not be able to afford to buy a new one, so prices would have to drop significantly or manufacturers could see people holding on to things for a lot longer than they do now. The complete opposite of the consumer society They want to encourage to try and kickstart the bubble again.
I don’t think it’ll get upheld otherwise eBay and other resellers or buyers of 2ndhand goods will go down the tube.
That’s as maybe. However, the open social engineering needs to be opposed simply on principle, let alone its intended consequences. But we come to the single most compelling reason they can continue to do these things, apart from people only knowing about them through publicity – and that’s that people won’t put themselves in the firing line, won’t be the martyrs.
One who will is Captain Ranty and he has had dealings with the boys in blue for his trouble, not to mention court cases. To a much lesser extent I have too but they haven’t engaged yet for some reason. This is the whole crux of it. We make a big noise over being prepared to suffer disruption and persecution but too many of us won’t actually say no.
To be fair, many of us will choose our battle to stand our ground. When the law says I can’t be Christian, I’m going to have no choice but to refuse the law. The rest will follow and it’s a noble tradition. On many other issues though – w-e-e-e-l-l-l-l.
So where do we draw the line? That Yes Minister episode on salami tactics is so true – will we stop with the wheelie bins? Will we stop with this one on secondhand selling? Where do we stop and say enough?