Reinverting The Wheel: Using Gandhi’s Strategy Of Self Reliance To Free Ourselves From The Corporate Yoke

The most deconstructive weapon we have against corporations is making their services obsolete. This does not mean adopting their version of what progression/obsolete is, where we have to have a more orgasmic touchpad home grown in our basement. That would be buying into the ideology they like to present as teleology. No, we must value our freedom from corporate rule and must take Gandhi’s lead and learn to do it ourselves, so that the “British colonialists” can no longer parasite off our constructed desires. This is not just a fight for freedom from corporate rule, it is a reemergence as a sustainable and self-reliant society—something very empowering that we have lost.
The strategy of becoming subsistence makes them obsolete, it is radiation against their malignancy.

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4 thoughts on “Reinverting The Wheel: Using Gandhi’s Strategy Of Self Reliance To Free Ourselves From The Corporate Yoke

  1. Unfortunately, The Powers That Be (big money interests dating back to the ruling families of the middle ages, now in dominant positions of world finance, Wall Street, etc.) have very effectively structured life in modern society to be absolutely dependent on financial transactions for survival: try bartering your property or income taxes. In fact, bartered income, by IRS code, must be declared on your tax return. So don’t file tax returns? As long as you have no activity in the financial system that is possible. But you must BE somewhere, and that somewhere is OWNED by someone who has to pay their government rent (property taxes) or they will be evicted by the “landlord”.

    No doubt you are aware of the growing movement of “squatters” out there. Visit
    http://mythodrome.net/a-rant-forgive-me
    for a taste of this. I can’t see this as a sustainable solution where persons and families can live a peaceful, thriving existence.
    Another thoughtful approach is “voluntary simplicity”:
    http://www.choosingvoluntarysimplicity.com/

    Intentional Communities (communes) are really our best option, though someone still has to own the land, and cash money will be required at some level. But we certainly can, and should, minimize the amount of our capital that we pass to the corporate masters. Part of this strategy involves deliberate poverty. Being and appearing to be genuinely impoverished also reduces the attraction of leaches, hangers-on, and disenfranchised zombies looking for someone to loot.

    Having been working toward maximal self-sufficiency on a small acreage, I have had an important reality shoved in my face many times: I CANNOT do this alone. Growing, harvesting, prepping and storing food crops; producing and saving seed for next year (this is a MAJOR undertaking of surprising complexity); managing a flock of chickens for meat and eggs; maintaining and daily milking a cow for high-protein dairy products (and an occasional male offspring for beef, fat, leather, and of course, fertilizer); establishing wood lots and other silviculture activities; producing fiber for spinning into thread, weaving, looming, sewing clothing; blacksmithing; working with clay to make pots, dishes, or bricks; water harvesting, storage, and purification; on and on and on.

    And who the heck knows how to make shoes, like work boots, let alone moccasins these days?

    The point is that we don’t just need communities, we need proper villages where, as Joel Salatin likes to say, we should re-establish the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker. We need a community supported grist mill and a large stone wood-fired oven to share the baking needs. Farmers and herdsmen and dairymen, smithies and wood-wrights and potters, spinners and weavers and haberdashers. And I look forward to having a local livery stable where I can rent a horse and wagon, but don’t have to maintain them for myself. Let’s not forget beekeepers, since processed sugar is not only poison, but comes out of the very corporate empires that brought human slavery to the western hemisphere.

    Sadly, as discussed under the post “Compulsory Miseducation” on this site:
    “https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/compulsory-miseducation/
    we have, for the most part, become a society of useless, lazy morons that are fundamentally incapable of taking on the gargantuan tasks required to rebuild the village. Most will whine and cry to Big Brother to rescue them from their own turpitude. And it won’t be the least bit surprising when Big Brother ramps up various “population control” efforts to exterminate the leaches that are no longer profitable to the corporations.

    Speaking of the corporations, through their “ownership” of various government agencies, especially the USDA and FDA, they are striving to squash the opportunity for us little people and the communities we are herein discussing to practice agriculture on a small, local scale. There is a constant stream of proposed (and passed into law!) legislation attempting to limit or even prevent home ownership of livestock and small farm businesses. Take a look at the USDuh’s program called the National Animal Identification System:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Animal_Identification_System

    Or the FDA’s recently passed-into-law “Food Safety Modernization Act”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FDA_Food_Safety_Modernization_Act
    which if it weren’t for Senator Tester’s amendment would have effectively shut down farmer’s markets, CSA’s and small farms like mine. In fact, after his amendment took away the “total control” aspects of this bill the Big Ag corporations withdrew their support for it! If they couldn’t have it all, they were no longer in favor of it! Greedy bastards!

    Consider the constant efforts by various companies like the evil-incarnate Monsanto to dominate the seed industry, thereby giving them absolute control over the food supply. Some in government are even trying to force us to pay “income” taxes on the produce from our backyard gardens.

    This is fascism at its worst, since it is so subtle and unrecognized by the bulk of the public that it is allowed to plunge forward virtually unimpeded.

    My apologies for such a lengthy comment, but you inspired it with your provocative post!

    In parting, check out this quote from the great Wendell Berry:

    “A community economy is not an economy in which well-placed persons can make a ‘killing’. It is an economy whose aim is generosity and a well-distributed and safeguarded abundance.”

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