November 24, 2011

Occupy the Sun

Filed under: Food and Farms, Freedom — Russ @ 9:20 am
If we use the sun with wisdom, justice, and respect for the land, it’s tantamount to the mythical free lunch. It’s win-win for everyone.
This perverse species, by enslaving itself to capitalism, by letting the earth-embodied sun’s rays themselves be enclosed and used for destruction and tyranny, has renounced the sun’s bounty.
We must set the sun free.
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I like this. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
    If we set the sun free… we could be free too…

    Comment by Debra — November 24, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    • The fact that most of what goes into plants, and from there into animals, including our labor, is simply the free gift of the sun, is even more profound proof against enclosure of any sort.

      Where does photosynthesis leave the notion of intellectual property in plants, for example? In tatters, morally and rationally.

      Set the sun free, yes.

      Comment by Russ — November 25, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

      • Russ said;

        “The fact that most of what goes into plants, and from there into animals, including our labor, is simply the free gift of the sun, is even more profound proof against enclosure of any sort.

        Where does photosynthesis leave the notion of intellectual property in plants, for example? In tatters, morally and rationally.”

        All matter and all energy are available but they are not “free”.

        An organisms ability to “enclose” or to claim “private property” of the available matter and energy determines whether or not an organism will get its need met and survive.

        The roots of the plant ENCLOSE the earth in the below ground portion of its sphere of influence and it spreads its canopy, also an ENCLOSING action, in the above ground portion of its sphere of influence. It struggles below ground and above ground, sometimes in alliance with, and sometimes in alliance against; other organisms, their matter, their energy, and even the energy from the sun.

        Photosynthesis is the plants internal proprietary deceptive process, its “intellectual property”, used to sort, save, utilize and discard its acquisitions made externally through its external deceptions in its sphere of influence (nutrients sucked in from the soil in competition with other plants and organisms and energy pulled from the sun, also in competition with other plants and organisms.

        The sun struggles for its existence in the universe.

        Morality and rationality are constructs of human organisms, as such they are deceptions.

        Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

        Comment by i on the ball patriot — November 27, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

  2. An arc comprised of hordes of metallic balloons anchored on the south side of corporate farms, blotting out the sun and denying them its precious energy… a balloonbow of freedom. Occupy the sun.

    Comment by paper mac — November 24, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    • That would give ’em a taste of their own medicine.

      Comment by Russ — November 25, 2011 @ 3:37 am

    • Great day in the northeast today. Time to store up some vitamin D for the dark days that lie ahead. Sunbaths, comrades!

      Comment by Ellen Anderson — November 25, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      • Yes indeed, a lovely day for it.

        Comment by Russ — November 25, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  3. One of your shortest entries, and yet as profound as anything else you’ve written. Perhaps you should take a “break” from posting more often. 🙂

    As we move towards self-sufficiency and re-creating lost commons the capitalist system will fight us at every turn. Here’s an example from California:


    Comment by Karl — November 25, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    • There’s a classic example of hooking the customer and then jacking up the price, eh? That’s exactly the kind of thing I mean when I’ve warned people against what a scam “green” this or that is wherever it’s corporatized. People were sold on corporate solar, and now that enough of them are hooked in that region (evidently the gas company thinks they’ve reached market saturation), it’s time to jack up the price.

      (In this case, what makes solar “corporate” is that the intent isn’t to go off-grid, but to invest a lot of (government-subsidized) money to remain integrated but in a more “efficient” and cost-efficient way. But as we see here this was always a dubious economy, and now is about to be proven a false economy. The real end goal, as always, is a corporate toll booth. You can see how the corporate welfare is being laundered here.)

      The oddest thing about this example is how directly the new look contradicts the old one, 180 degrees. Solar was explicitly sold, and its subsidies justified, based on net metering and making the utility buy the surplus electricity. (Nor did I ever once hear as an objection, “but the grid wasn’t designed for this”); now the system wants to flip this exactly 180 degrees and call solar an imposition on the grid that has to be paid for by the user.

      (Of course, the utility is a social franchise and has an obligation to the public good. From the good civics reformist point of view, home solar should indeed be encouraged by policy. So it follows that the utility has the responsibility to accommodate this improvement, even at a higher cost.

      This example merely demonstrates yet again what a fraud the “good civics” ideal is.)

      So the good liberals of San Diego are seeing yet another of their cherished policies blow up in their faces. Will they learn a lesson this time? I’m not holding my breath.

      Comment by Russ — November 26, 2011 @ 5:48 am

      • For all the advantages of alternating current, if Edison had been successful in his campaign to demonise it and the power grid went with DC, we’d probably have a far more distributed grid using more resilient power sources. Centralisation is baked in to AC transmission lines, just because they can distribute power so much farther, I think.

        Comment by paper mac — November 26, 2011 @ 6:02 am

      • I never realized there was that difference before. Was that part of the intent, or a felicitous side effect for the elites?

        Comment by Russ — November 26, 2011 @ 7:43 am

      • Paper mac, THE KEY to understanding lies with the “MUCH” followed by the “er”. “MORE is BETTER”, shall I say.
        The elites AS PEOPLE have little to do with it…

        Comment by Debra — November 27, 2011 @ 6:54 am

      • It was a side effect of commercial energy generation, as far as I know. A decentralised power grid probably would have meant homesteads generating their own power, maybe a power station in larger communities, but it would have been too capital intensive for corporations to do a large scale buildout of DC power generation, I think. I don’t know that there was ever potential for it to have gone the other way, but it’s interesting to think about.

        Comment by paper mac — November 27, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

      • DC power is prevalent in many nations. Great Britain being one. Perhaps they may not need to occupy a *great* land area to be effective, ie. it is used in smaller land areas.

        Comment by tawal — November 28, 2011 @ 4:44 am

      • Hi Tawal! I’m not sure, but I think you might be thinking of high voltage DC lines- HVDC. HVDC was developed in the 50s, long after the AC/DC wars, and is pretty good for long distance transfer of electricity. I was kind of envisioning a scenario where Edison convinces the public that AC is dangerous and goes on to start a small DC power generator in every town or urban neighbourhood. Who knows if that could have happened, though.

        Comment by paper mac — November 29, 2011 @ 2:11 am

  4. Salatin on grass farming:

    “We should call ourselves sun farmers. The grass is just the way we capture solar energy…These blades are our photovoltaic panels.”

    The Omnivore’s Dilemma, soft cover pp. 188-9

    Comment by Russ — November 26, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  5. Simply profound and beautiful Russ…


    Comment by Katie — November 28, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  6. Hope you take time to watch Ralph Nader’s keynote address at Green Festival 2011:


    Comment by William Wilson — November 28, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    • that audience REALLY needs beer.

      Comment by paper mac — November 29, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    • Mea culpa, I didn’t listen to all of the address. About 10-15 minutes though…
      Nader looks really exhausted. Not well. I feel sorry for him. I would look like that if I had been slaving away at “the cause” for as long as Nader has…
      “Freedom is freedom to participate”, Cicero… maybe, maybe not. That’s not MY definition of freedom, at any rate, not now.
      I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place right now. Looking at my depression born parents, I realize that they went to church every Sunday, were practicing, believing GOOD CHRISTIANS, but the Christian attitude towards amassing TONS OF STUFF ( a serious condamnation of it…) did not sink into their brains. More “equality” for everybody under a system that idolizes… FILTHY LUCRE, means MORE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY. That’s the rock…
      More aristocracy (the way things are going…) means submitting to A CORPORATE ARISTOCRACY that idolizes… filthy lucre too.
      Not good… when are WE going to stop idolizing… filthy lucre as a refuge value ? (What refuge, moreover, as though filthy lucre could not go down with the rest.)

      Comment by Debra — November 29, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  7. This post ties into my ongoing discussion with Toby over at Econosophy and other Musings.
    My big area of interest is “grace”, without which money does not work for us, but AGAINST US.
    I draw your attention to your above formulation “use the sun”…
    There is an underlying attitude there which is an enormous part of the crisis we are in now.
    EVERYBODY has that attitude now, basically, as it is an implicit assumption behind everything we do.
    A result of bottoming out… GRACE, I say…
    “Grace” is not the same thing as “free”, although there is a relationship between the two.
    When you realize that one of our current meanings of the word “free” is…OBTAINED WITHOUT FILTHY LUCRE… you start wondering a lot.
    i do, at any rate…

    Comment by Debra — December 3, 2011 @ 6:46 am

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