Follow the rules. That’s it, just follow the rules exactly:
Four words: “Follow the rules exactly.”
That’s it? That’s it.
Any system? Any system.
There are reasons for this. These reasons are universal.
First, every institution assumes voluntary compliance in at least 95% of all cases. This may be a low-ball estimate. Most people comply, either out of fear or lack of concern or strong belief in the system and its goals.
Second, every institution has more rules than it can follow, let alone enforce. Some of these rules are self-contradictory. The more rules, the larger the number of contradictions. (There is probably a statistical pattern here — some variant of Parkinson’s law.)
Third, every institution is built on this assumption: partial compliance. Not everyone will comply with any given procedural rule. There are negative sanctions to enforce compliance on the few who resist. They serve as examples to force compliance. Conversely, very few people under the institution’s jurisdiction will attempt to force the institution to comply exactly with any procedural rule.
These three laws of institutions — and they really are laws — offer any resistance movement an opportunity to shut down any system.
Remember, they need your economic involvement with their system in order to function. So, all of the mandates and laws putting pressure on you to comply always have an out – after all, you don’t need to go to that movie, that restaurant, that sporting event. Many people who have been collecting unemployment and stimulus checks have even learned that they don’t necessarily need that job at the office. And you certainly don’t need to take out that loan, which is the US system’s Achilles Heel; the system literally depends upon an ever-growing pool of credit market debt paying interest.
But they need you. That’s why even the most evil corporations are suddenly “pausing” or ending their vaccine mandates, because so many productive individuals have chosen the perfectly legal option of accepting one of the various penalties rather than submitting to the economic and social pressure.
And if every single person had applied for an exemption rather than quitting or submitting, there is a very good chance that the corporate mandates would have been removed even faster.