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Shorting out the Engineered Recession (wrench in their machine)

Another "Arranged" Recession has begun. This is one of the most efficiant ways that the corporate wealthy grab a larger peice of the working classes wealth. Can we lessen the impact on a local level?
I put this to you, The People of Cascadia.

With every Recessionary event, wealth and power become more consolidated in the higher eschelons of society. These are "Engineered" as a method of pushing working people ever closer to serfdom. That said, do we really have to participate in this as a local community? I believe that we can help to insulate ourselves, through concious decisions with regards to our lifestyles and monetary decisions. I would welcome discussion on this, and perhaps we can turn the tide to localization.

Here's some ideas that have been on my mind as of late.

Protect your food supply. Learn to garden in small spaces, work together to form a knowledge base of home gardening. Collect seeds that can be replanted. learn to preserve foods. There are organizations here in town that provide educational opportunities with regards to permaculture.

Protect yourself from Peak Oil. Peak Oil is one method of engineering the recession. Combined with food prices, these two factors alone can drain our local economy of large percentages of it's resources. Find a way to acquire a bicycle for every member of your family, or housing group. make sure and have raingear, and enough carrying capacity for things like groceries, small children, tools and such. Use this bicycle at least one day a week, in order to keep both yourselves and the bicycle in operable condition. If you master using a bicycle, for your everyday travels, you will have one more insulating factor against Peak Oil.

Get your debts paid off, and stay out of debt. Debt will be the primary weapon used against you. They will use the sub-prime mortgage mess as a giant land-grab. Every time you use debt, some of the resources leave our local economy. If you've noticed the rise of "payday loans", then you've noticed another method they use to keep you in a revolving door of expensive debt. Ask yourself, "do I really need this".

Shop locally only. Fast food places, chain stores and big box stores siphon resources out of the local economy at breakneck speeds. They pay the lowest wages, and provide the weakest benefits. They also get undeserved tax breaks. If you shop at these places, you are behaving in a treasonous mannor, in regards to the best interests of Cascadia.

Work locally. only apply for work with local companies. If there isn't a local job for you, start a business, and let everyone know that it's locally owned. Learn a trade that is locally marketable.

Volunteer, at least weekly, to locally beneficial organizations. What do you honestly beleive in? Is there something that you can do to help that belief?

Donate, to write off taxes. One way that you can starve the war machine, is to donate to locally benefical causes, and then write the donation off of your federal taxes. It's much more powerful than protesting. This gradually drains the federal war machine of it's resources, and benefits local organizations.

these are just some options that have been rolling around my head. I'm completely open to discussion on this, or even forming a task force, with the intention of isolating the Cascadian economy from the ravages of the federal problem.


Local economics 27.Jan.2008 15:47


Bartering goods and skills is a great way to starve the beast and reduce expenses. I would love to see a resurgance of apprenticeships. Real craftsmanship has taken a nosedive in the mass-produced consumer culture. Furniture, clothing and housewares that LAST and have real asthetics and quality of workmanship are not valued anymore. Time to see that change. On the economics front, a local professor of economics in Vancouver, WA, Jim Craven, has an excellent lecture up on Google video on the "economics of globalization". I highly recommend watching it. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-345721242223597335

I agree 27.Jan.2008 16:29

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

what happened to things that last. A good part of this discussion is the nature of a disposable lifestyle. I'll watch that lecture shortly, thank you for passing it along, and helping to broaden this discussion.