How to live a happy life outside Globalization
Admittedly I have not achieved this goal in full, but as a professor, journalist, artist, musician and poet, I try to put on a good show that educates, entertains, and thrives while contributing as little as possible to the profit-lords that control the lives of so many, for the benefit of themselves only.
1) Try to pay as little taxes as possible. Especially in the USA, where tax money is NOT used to pay down the national debt, but used for further wars that benefit precious few, and outstrip the government’s ability to collect taxes, sometimes at a five to one ratio or more. Not paying taxes is easy, if you can live with being poor, or work abroad.
2) Don’t use fuel, use less fuel, save energy for those important ones: your children. Indeed we may not ever run out of energy if the price of oil stays high enough to afford the oil companies a profit on things as complicated to refine as Canadian sand oil. At over $100 per barrel (say $4.00 per gallon in terms of gasoline) profits can be made, hence the Albertan and other sand oil fields are already owned by profit mongers who intend on stripping more of the earth-that-was, in order to create a driver-happy earth-that-is. And the earth that is: it is so full of pollution it would bore you to tears just to list it all.
3) Protect and enhance the lives of wage-slaves and their families at all times. Volunteer.
4) Teach the illiterate how to read. This will be rewarding beyond anything outside child rearing. Literacy councils, and the like are almost everywhere, and they need our help.
5) Teach those who are incarcerated.
6) Befriend an inmate on death row. Some are not guilty.
7) Grow your own food if possible. In Durham, NC, a program called SEEDS allows urban dwellers to have a vegetable garden. The movement of food takes up over 20% of the fuel used every year. The average food item eaten in the USA moves over 1,500 miles to get to our plates. Stopping this absurdity would do great good. Join a food co-operative, and eat non-GMO foods. By this I DO NOT MEAN Whole Foods, who has worked tirelessly and kicked in millions of legislative bribe money to assure that GMO laws will not be passed at a national level. My guess is they will fight GMO labeling state by state now that states are taking up the charge the USA government should have had in place from the get go.
8) Instead, if possible, join the type of farm co-ops that deliver boxes of food once a month, and you pay a monthly fee. The vegetables change with the seasons, but in mid-Atlantic states (I live in North Carolina) you can get a box ten months a year, and it makes cooking fun, as new veggies you’ve never tried show up sometimes.
9) GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms, not only wipe out neighboring organic farms, as the pernicious seeds made by Dow, Monsanto, and others fly in via wind and birds and who knows, and then take over fields. As you know, those farmers who are found to have Monsanto products without paying for them (or wanting them, frankly) are often sued for stealing seed and put out of business unless they are very rich farmers who can fend off Monsanto and others.
10) List of products with GMOs can be found here:
11) The above web site also provides this:
Doctors Warn About Dangers of
Genetically Modified Food
(NaturalNews) The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has warned that the public should avoid genetically modified (GM) foods, stating, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.”
A large number of studies and incidents have implicated GM foods in a wide variety of health problems, including accelerated aging, immune dysfunction, insulin disorders, organ damage and reproductive disruption.
For more info, go to: http://www.naturalnews.com/035734_GMOs_foods_dangers.html
12) Then there’s this list of products that don’t contain GMOs:
The problem with the above list is right off the top it lists 365. This is Whole Foods brand name, and MANY of their products under the 365 label do, in fact have GMOs. Recent testing showed that 67% of food sold in Whole Foods can be found to have GMOs, which is EXACTLY why they don’t want GMO labeling. In Europe GMO labeling started nearly as soon as the products hit the shelves, and the result has been predictable. Europeans do not buy foods with GMOs, and companies generally stopped trying to sell them there as they were losing money at it.
14) Fully 59% of the United States farmland is growing GMO crops. These crops are patented, and famously DO NOT PRODUCE seeds that can be used for next year’s planting. For thousands of years farmers have collected seeds for the next year, of course. But now farmers, once infected by GMO crops, have to BUY SEEDS every year. A much higher percentage of farmland in India is full of GMOs, and the US Department of Agriculture has been aggressively trying to get African farms full-up with this junk. Here’s the part that’s scariest, even more scary than the reproductive damage and cancer problems, that occur in laboratory animals, etc.: by controlling who gets to buy seeds, Dow, Monsanto and others can easily control the world’s population merely by NOT selling seeds to say African or Indian farmers.
15) Indian farmers: Since the onslaught of GMOs, over 54,000 farmers have committed suicide. Why? Well, imagine how poor a farmer in India might be, considering that food had better not cost much in India, or even more will be starving. Now take into account the horrors of farmers bankrupted by the GMO goons.
16) Try to go solar. Of course many states still offer amazing savings and tax write-offs for converting to solar. If solar is not feasible in your area, see if a windmill would work. The utility companies are one of the longest-standing abuses of the planet. And, as Ralph Nader and others have pointed out, why should humans pay for electricity, television, cellular phone service, once the towers are paid off? Why pay for airwaves? Of course many applications allow free use of the airwaves. Use them.
17) Live and work communally if possible. Urban Communes end up like roommates, but if people would simply LIVE CLOSER TO WORK, and take public transportation or bicycles when possible, a lot of carbon emissions would be reduced.
18) Try to work for a company that is NOT globalized, does NOT use wage slaves outside the US, or INSIDE the US, and definitely does not use PRISON LABOR.
19) Prison labor in the United States. We once got so enraged, as activists, that China used prisoners to make for-profit products (License plates are bad enough). More people need to start local protests about for-profit jails. And protests about the massive profits being made when jails get paid the minimum wage for labor, and then give the detainees such a tiny percentage of the $7.00 per hour. Like 22 cents! Note this web site:
Of course this stuff is hard to effectively protest about. It should be added to the list of the next occupy movement, if there ever is one.
20) Tune Out. As John Prine sings: “Eat a lot of peaches, throw away your TV…” Our media, and many around the world, is so packed with propaganda, in so many different forms, all of a sudden reality TV almost seems appealing (except singing shows which have eradicated protest songs from being produced by major labels). Support local musicians who have a conscience. We need about 850,000 Woodie Guthries, 400,000 Pete Seegers, 300,001 Bob Dylans, 300,000 Neil Youngs and 500,000 Billy Braggs to even put a dent in the right-winged lies that most people take as gospel.
21) Dang it the newspaper news, magazine “news” and especially TV news is just all wrong most of the time. Where is the truth? How many Blogs do you have to read, compile and refine in order to get at the truth? How many journalists, like Chris Hedges, still have the balls to investigate wrongdoings? Without those Molly Ivins of the world, the governments are getting away with murder. And wage slavery, and shipping US jobs, and fracking, and Keystone Pipelines, and writing their own laws, and Citizens United, allowing unlimited anonymous donations by corporations.
22) Corporations are not people. This precedent is way overdue to be overturned.
23) Every little step you take to conserve clothes not buy more, every step we take to lend a hand to those who need it, every step you take AWAY from indoctrinating religions (you know who you are), every hour you spend building local resistance to globalization will pay off for your children. Especially since they will see the amount of fun that can be had when MORE TIME is allowed to be with family and friends. Time earned via hard work in the fields, in the candle making, leather-smithing, cobbling, tanning, and outdoor games after school. Me, a luddite? Not at all, just saying that the more fun and work we can do close to our homes, the less we feed into the top 2% that control so many lives already.