Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Independence Day

Everything you have been taught is Upside Down.



Did everyone have a great Independence Day?

July 4th is one of numerous holidays we celebrate every year that seem ironic in so many ways.  We are celebrating American Independence, but from what exactly?  From the British?  The same British that control our currency through the Federal Reserve Bank today.  We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the establishment of this nation, yet we live in a country that looks nothing like the Founding Fathers intentions and we stand by watching as the Rights they bestowed us in Constitution are being shreaded.  We celebrate the American Lifestyle, the envy of the world.  The same lifestyle that consumes half of everything the world produces, a lifestyle built on and impossible to sustain without the harsh poverty of the Third World.  We celebrate the American Dream, that anyone can make it with a little hard work.  40-50 hours a week worth, until you're 65 years old and if you are still healthy enough to enjoy it.  We celebrate Freedom.  But that freedom apparently doesn't include freedom from enormous debts, including college loans, and how much income do you keep after rent or home mortgages, and taxes?

The system is a scam.  It always has been.  It is built on the European feudal and colonial model, and was transposed on this continent after the land was stolen from its original inhabitants.  The transformation of public, shared, common space in hunter-gatherer culture to private, exclusive property under feudal and colonialist society is the major problem of the world today. It is the source of poverty, homelessness, environmental degradation, tyranny and corporatism. The labor of people dispossed of their land become the fodder of the capitalist machinery.

We do not view this as unnatural, because we no longer have access to the mind of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  We think it is perfectly normal to live in a box, to be isolated from our community, and horde over a bunch of possession that we don't even need, and to sit for hours staring at a box that beems images into our heads and corporate advertising.  We think it is perfectly normal to live in an environment covered in concrete and asphalt, to breath air that is full of toxins, and to eat foods that are basically poison.

This blog will document my attempt to opt out of that system.  I will also share my ideas of how we can build better system to replace it.  The first step, for me, is to adopt a new lifestyle.  That of the Urban Nomad.