Financial Crisis, Protesting, and the Humble Wisdom of the Amish

Ken Elwood has been on a roll lately and I thought I would add my two cents. The current global economic crisis we’re all facing is of course entirely manufactured by the state. This crisis was decades, if not a whole century in the making, and I would bet my left nut that the Banksters and Bureau-Rats who created our Corporate-State financial system will use whatever means necessary to stay in control.

I won’t insult anyone’s intelligence by spelling it out for you. If you understand what I’m saying you’ve already done your homework. If not, then I will leave it to you to find the truth. It’s all out there, screaming at you. Needless to say, it’s all connected; The Stimulus Bubble, the Housing Bubble, the Internet Bubble, The Savings and Loan Bubble, Stagflation, The Great Depression, (I’m sure I missed a few). And don’t forget the Wars of the last century from the Spanish American War on up to the 6 or 7 wars of the last decade. The New Deal, the Great Society, the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror—all designed to make us dependent, to make us afraid, and to numb our sense of self-reliance and autonomy.

Ken wrote: “We can’t buy houses or go to college without bank loans; we can’t drive without oil companies; we can’t eat without agribusiness; we can’t see at night without nuclear electric. The whole reason we’re protesting is that we can’t get what we need without going through corrupt systems; but until we have other ways of getting what we need, we have no leverage to do anything but shout into the wind, or directly down the barrel of a gun.”

He’s essentially right, and also terribly wrong. The funny thing is that I am sure he knows the answer because he writes about it and lives it every day. In the last few weeks, Ken has posted about his admiration for the Amish, a sentiment I whole heartedly share. One of the things that the Amish abhor is taking on debt. We should all take a page from the Amish.

Amish Community Barn Raising. Who needs a bank?

Don’t want to drown in a sea of debt? Rent a place while you save, then build your own on a shoe string budget, educate yourself rather than attending an overpriced university, more likely than not you’ll get a better education for doing it. Don’t want to eat the cancerous mess that passes for food at the supermarket? Find local organic farmers to buy from or grow your own. In other words, do what you have to do in your personal life to free yourself from their chains. But what ever you do, DON’T PROTEST. It’s a f***ing waste of time.

Not only is protesting a waste of your time and effort (time and effort you could be using to free yourself), but it also plays directly into their hands.

They want you to protest! Why? Because your protesting gives them power. It is tantamount to begging. “Oh please sir can I have some more?” Can I have more money, can I have more education, more healthcare, more housing, and can you take it from that guy over there because he clearly has too much… gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!  And the State smiles, and passes “landmark legislation” and your freedom dies as you joyously celebrate and marvel at your sparkly new chains.

F***ing you over with a smile!

And when the economy crumbles all around you (like it is doing now) and the chains become heavy rusted iron, you will begin to see that government action is NEVER the right answer to any problem, and that a better world, a just world, a kind world, a clean and sustainable world, can not be achieved through the barrel of a gun.

It takes positive individual action on a local level. Change your own life and make it what you believe it should be. Don’t beg for the government to change things for you. Change them for yourself. Just like Ken and all the others I link to under “Cool People” are doing every day.

F*** the State, be your own Change.

Do it like the Amish!

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2 Responses to Financial Crisis, Protesting, and the Humble Wisdom of the Amish

  1. freeB says:

    I started to reply by going on about govt., parasites, sheep, technology, simplicity and more.

    Then I read the last 2 sentences again and decided that you got to the point damn well.

    I like your site!


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