1. Did the colonists Ask the British to rescind the Intolerable Acts, lift the Boston Port Closure, remove the occupation troops? No, it took only a few years from the mid 1760s to the early 70s for them to comprehend that Asking the British for Better Policy doesn’t work, so they stopped doing it. They knew the only options were servitude, or to get the British OUT.
2. By now we’ve had far longer than a few years to figure out the same fact, that asking the government or any political party for “better policy” doesn’t work. It’s a sad fact of history that almost no one ever learns lessons from history, but insists on doing it the hard way, learning the same lesson from experience, over and over. We’ve had a century and a half of experience with the elemental viciousness of corporations and their greed for domination. We know that corporations are totalitarian in the most basic and literal sense of the term: They will NEVER stop short of total enclosure, total power, total control, total domination. This is true in all economic sectors and in politics.
3. We know that Asking the British to change their nature doesn’t work. Those who tout modern versions like “writing your congressman”, “petitioning the president”, and of course “voting”, reveal themselves as the modern version of loyalists. Corporate Loyalists. (I mean those who tout these as the only, or primary, courses of action.)
4. Where it comes to corporate poison-based agriculture, when we understand the total poison-selling imperative of the corporations which control our farming and food this must spur us to commit to abolition as the only sufficient goal.
5. GMO labeling is a worthy but insufficient step toward the necessary goal. It won’t significantly get the poisons out of our food or break the corporate control. Labeling is a decent step and a good organizational vehicle. But where labeling is seen as the goal in itself rather than as a step toward the abolition goal, it falls into the corporate loyalist begging-for-better-policy category. But by itself labeling won’t even accomplish its own goal, let alone the great goal of cleansing our food and water of corporate poisons.
6. Food Sovereignty rejects the false contention that an alien central government or alien corporations can ever play a legitimate or constructive role in food production and distribution. The sector is naturally local/regional. The corporate state can do nothing but use brute power to force agriculture into the commodification strait-jacket. This command economy, and the massive corporate welfare and thug apparatus which props it up, is the basic activity of the corporate state. The system will never do anything which strongly runs counter to this corporate commodification imperative.
Therefore, the only constructive course of action for the people is to build a grassroots political movement to meld with the already rising Community Food economic movement.
7. Therefore, the basic nature and eventual strategy of the anti-GMO movement, as with the entire anti-corporatist liberation movement, is toward building the new culture outside the existing system, direct action, civil disobedience, self-management, community sovereignty – in our minds, in our words, as much as possible in our actions.
8. History and today’s evidence prove that nothing will work but to liberate our polities and economies from corporate domination and reconstitute them on a human basis. We must recognize our economic and political need to do this and build an intellectual, cultural, and most of all economic and political movement around this new way of life.
9. As with the anti-corporate struggle in every other sector, the struggle vs. GMOs and poison-based agriculture is an abolition movement, and an independence movement.
10. Independence means self-liberation from the authoritarian and paternalistic structures which want to bow us forever under the yoke of dependency, as the necessary condition for their enslaving us.
Among ourselves as human beings and citizens, independence means cooperation.