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July 4, 2014

Independence

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. Russ, if you think this fits in your blog, here’s a copy of a recent post I made in David’s blog. about how the calendar has been altered, and how to get back in synch with the Seasons, and not just for growing food:

    The modern calendar has been altered. I have recovered the ancient one. This might help you to be more in tune with the Seasons, when growing food. And may help you think more clearly, by being more in synch with the Universe.

    The modern “New Year” starts on January 1, an odd date that has nothing to do with the cycles of the Earth. Now I would never suggest that the establishment has deliberately tampered with the calendar to throw off our internal clock and weaken us, but the logical time to start the Year would be March 22, the first day of Spring, where light and dark balance out, the Equinox, the winter sleep is over and now it’s time for Renewal.

    If March is indeed the first month of the year, then March April May June July and August are the first six months, making September the 7th month. “September” is derived from the number 7, October from 8, November from 9, and December from 10. So this would then all line up. January would be the 11th month and February the 12th.

    If March 22 is the real first day of the year, then it would have been called March 1. This would mean the year ends at the end of February, and would explain adding leap year days to the end of February.

    Is this coming into focus for ya’ll? If March 1 begins Spring and the Year, then the months of Springtime would be March April and May, without spilling Spring into other months. Very simple and clear. Summer would begin on the longest day, the solstice, which would have been called June 1. June July and August would be the summer months. September 1, the Fall Equinox, would start Autumn, so Autumn would be September October and November. December 1 would be the longest night, the Winter Solstice, and would be the first day of Winter. December January and February are winter, and March 1 begins the next year, the Spring Equinox once again.

    So simple, so logical. The middle of the middle month of each season would go with a festival for the heart of that season. Halloween (Samhain), for example, comes from the ancient festival for the heart of Autumn. On this calendar it would be October 16.

    A glance at the calendar and you always know where you are in the year. I just made one for the summer months. So as I look at it, I see that on my calendar, today is June 11. The 11th day of Summer. June 1 was the first day of Summer, the longest day of the year. So I see we are 1/3 through the first third of summer. (On your calendar, today is July 1, what does that mean? Just confusion.)

    You can make your own calendar this way, put it in your home, to orient yourself to the Real World. You can use the other calendar, the funny calendar, when talking with others (kind of like being bilingual).

    I’ve also added colors to the 12 months. If you set the heart of Fall to Orange (October), then you get a beautiful arrangement of colors around the year that, to my way of thinking, fits the seasons. Summer would be green for June, green yellow (olive) for July, and yellow for August, Fall would be yellow orange for September, Orange for October, and Orange red for November, Winter’s December January and February would be red, red purple and purple, and Spring would be Purple blue, blue and greenish blue for March April and May.

    Kick it around. See if you feel much better, viewing the year in this way

    Comment by Tom M Culhane — July 7, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    • Thanks Tom. I’m not much of a slave to the calendar myself, so I haven’t felt the effects you describe. I don’t know if others do. Who knows, maybe your scheme will someday play the same role as the French Revolutionary calendar. I don’t recall offhand if the French did more than rename the months. The revolution also changed Russia’s calendar.

      Comment by Russ — July 8, 2014 @ 4:55 am

      • I sent it to a Roman historian I know, and he said yes, this is the very old Roman calendar. (even though we disagree on many things about history). Anyway I’m not saying this is a new calendar, but the old calendar. It’s like the clock, I have a separate clock set to real time (which is about 1 1/2 hours different than their funny time). So on the Equinox the Sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm…

        Comment by Tom M Culhane — July 8, 2014 @ 9:53 am

  2. One of your best Russ. Thanks!

    Comment by Dana Allen — July 8, 2014 @ 3:46 am

    • Thanks Dana! And thanks for what you’re doing in Benton County. Sounds like things are going well there.

      Comment by Russ — July 8, 2014 @ 4:52 am


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