Monday, October 11, 2010

J. Crew Anarchists

There's a volcano brewing in the middle class.
They are angry - fed up - and ready to stop following the rules.
TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry—the upright citizenry—throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore.

If a big enough proportion of the populace—not even a majority, just a largish chunk—decides that it’s just not worth following the rules anymore, then that society’s days are numbered: Not even a police-state with an armed Marine at every corner with Shoot-to-Kill orders can stop such middle-class anarchy.

Brian and Ilsa are such anarchists—grey-haired, well-dressed, golf-loving, well-to-do, exceedingly polite anarchists: But anarchists nevertheless. They are not important, or powerful, or influential: They are average—that’s why they’re so deadly: Their numbers are millions. And they are slowly, painfully coming to the conclusion that it’s just not worth it anymore.

Once enough of these J. Crew Anarchists decide they no longer give a f**k, it’s over for America—because they are America.

Folks are thinking that it just isn't worth the hassle anymore to deal with government rules, regulations, restrictions and the increased theft of our wealth by said government.

Doctors are giving up their practices.
Businesses are closing shop.
People are leaving the country.
People are deciding not to follow the rules.

Slowly but surely a quiet revolution is beginning to foment, and depending what happens after November 2nd.. it may or may not worsen.

Whatever you may think of Brian and Ilsa (in the piece that I linked to above) or the situation that they are in regarding their mortgage, the fact is that there is a segment of the middle (and upper middle) class that is just fed up. That in and of itself is an interesting phenomena.

Update to Brian and Ilsa story... The couple wrote an email to Wells Fargo, "Show me the note or we will stop paying on our mortgage all together". Wells Fargo knew their story was circulating with tens of thousands of hits on the Internet, and bent over all ways to resolve the problem with this couple and their mortgage, forgave any and all penalties, re-instated their new renegotiated loan and all is well... except if it were me I would still demand to see the note because title still cannot be proven and in the end who will provide the note upon full payment or sale of the property?