A term coined in 1985 by an anonymous staff member of the Reagan Administration was “Starve the Beast”.
This referred to a fiscally conservative political strategy to cut government spending by paying less in taxes. So, in the original sense, “the Beast” was the Government, and people were to starve the beast by spending less and using loopholes, thus paying less in taxes.
These days the Beast has a lot more tentacles than simply the Government.
The system currently consists of the government and all aspects of big business:
- Big Agricultural
- Big Pharmaceutical
- Big Medicine
- Big Food
- Big Banking
- Big Oil
…to name a few.
It appears that now it’s the Beast doing the starving, as little businesses close because they can’t compete with large retail corporations, the family farm is on it’s way out because it can’t compete with the massive, subsidized Monsanto mega-farms, people are going bankrupt because they can’t pay the outrageous medical bills…
Perhaps it’s time for another financial revolution – one where people group together and use the power of the boycott to starve all the arms of this Beast that would swallow us whole.
If we vote with our dollars, eventually there will, of a necessity, be a paradigm shift that returns us to less complicated days, when families that were willing to work hard can create a living without selling their souls to the corporate monoliths.
Every penny you spend with small local businesses may be a penny that the big box stores won’t have.
Everything that you purchase secondhand or barter for is an item on which you won’t pay sales tax.
Disassociate yourself as much as possible with “the system” that’s making western civilization slaves to the system, broke and unhealthy.
Starve the Beast by taking as many of these steps as possible…
Grow your own food (this starves big Agri and big pharma both)
Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties
Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible
Home-school your kids
Walk or bike rather than driving when possible
Get care from naturopaths and healers rather than doctors
Boycott all processed foods
Shop at local farmer’s markets
Boycott ALL corporate stores
Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning
Ditch TV (and all the propaganda and commercials)
Participate in the barter system – if no cash changes hands, no tax can be added
Buy second-hand from yard sales and thrift stores
Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale
Repair things rather than replacing them
Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants
Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out
Brew your own beer and wine
Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed
Grow or gather medicinal herbs
Give homemade gifts
Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events
Play outside: hike, bike, picnic
Offer your product to your neighbour, friend or family members
Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant
Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue
Camp or stay at family owned hotels and resorts
Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug
Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans
Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment
Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater
Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip
Pack lunches for work and school
Close your bank account or at the very least, strictly limit your balance
Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account
Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs
If you’re a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco
Collect rainwater for use in the garden
Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy foreign stuff
Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts and sell them to friends