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You weren’t meant to have a Job

“I was in Africa last year and saw a lot of animals in the wild that I’d only seen in zoos before. It was remarkable how different they seemed. Particularly lions. Lions in the wild seem about ten times more alive. They’re like different animals. And seeing those guys on their scavenger hunt was like seeing lions in a zoo after spending several years watching them in the wild…

What’s so unnatural about working for a big company? The root of the problem is that humans weren’t meant to work in such large groups.”

New Acadia

US out of Vermont (and Maine)!

Over half of the 50 states now have active secession movements. Vermont leads the way to establish local government that rules by consent of the people. Says Vermont guru Naylor, “My own favorite fantasy would be for Vermont to join Maine, New Hampshire, and the four Atlantic provinces of Canada to create a new nation I would call New Acadia.”

Real Slavery

We weren’t meant to be wage/slaves

“there are more slaves today than at any point in history. Although a precise census is impossible, as most masters keep their slaves hidden, baseline estimates from United Nations and other international researchers range from 12 million to 27 million slaves worldwide.”

Breakdown of Nations

“It should be obvious that the solution to virtually all the world’s political conflicts and trials is dissolution, devolution, decentralization. I cannot think of one place on earth where a dose of that would not solve, in a permanent way, the difficulties that large-statism and the centralizers have created.”

Nature’s Rule Book

“Hello, dearies, this is Mother Nature. I’m speaking up here because you humans seem to have an awful lot of difficulty understanding and living in accord with the rules of life on Earth, so I thought I’d lay it all out for you in a very simple and direct form.”

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Progress vs Sustainability

“Progress is the myth that assures us that full-speed-ahead is never wrong. Ecology is the discipline that teaches us that it is disaster.

‘Herbert Read, the British philosopher and critic, once wrote that “only a people serving an apprenticeship to nature can be trusted with machines.” It is a profound insight, and he underscored it by adding that “only such people will so contrive and control those machines that their products are an enhancement of biological needs, and not a denial of them.”‘

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Plant Talk

How to talk with plants

“Sometimes it is not easy to make contact with a plant. It takes being very open but also, I believe, the plant must know that I mean it no harm. It is important that the plant knows I respect it.”

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No GMOs

Why GMOs are not safe

“Genetically modified foods are linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. They are banned in Europe and elsewhere, yet GMOs are present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US.

Consumers are already moving away from milk from cows injected with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST). The next big consumer tidal wave will be the complete rejection of remaining GMOs in food products. The purchasing power of the tens of millions of health-conscious shoppers will inspire a new tipping point where GMOs can be pushed out of the entire food supply in the US.”

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How to Uproot the System and Replace it with People Power

“There is actually no global justice movement. “Global justice” instead is a common space of convergence-a framework where everyone who fights against the system we call corporate globalization (or capitalism, empire, imperialism, neoliberalism, etc) and its impacts on our communities can make common cause and make our efforts cumulative. ..

In the aftermath of Seattle [WTO protests], many globally-focused activists anchored their organizing in local struggles against the impact of the global system (like workers, environmental justice, anti-privatization fights) and local organizers re-framed their struggles within their bigger global context (anti-corporate or corporate globalization), allowing our various efforts to be complementary and cumulative rather than competitive or unrelated.”

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