Friday, 21 February 2014

Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution

Henry Kissinger once famously said  Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” He also said "If you can't hear the drums of war you must be deaf." The Independent reported in January that some still think Kissinger while in office 'yielded much that was little short of evil' and he has been accused of 'war crimes, crimes against humanity, and … offences against common or customary or international law.' Nice.

The recent wave of protests in the Ukraine saddens my heart. Not so much that people are standing up to a corrupt and totalitarian elites- in many ways it is good to see such indomitable resolve and bravery. It is more that after the bloodshed moves to the representative institutions and the state machine kicks in again, it will become clear that nothing has been achieved apart from a rebranding. Just like the collapse of the USSR, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the anti- apartheid government in South Africa, the revolutions in South America, Yugoslavia and the Baltic states, two World Wars and the overthrow of colonialist powers in Africa and India. All of those disappointments humanity has had to suffer. And the fighting will have been futile. That is what saddens me.

The other way is to not fight at all. Fighting only plays to the power instruments of state, the police and army, the drones and social controls of the media and the judiciary. If you choose not to fight Goliath, then he shrivels to a wincing sociopathic schoolboy with a slapped bum. The start of this video quotes Bill Mollison: "I teach Self- reliance, the world's most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So yes, it's seditious, but it's peaceful sedition." 

What will Goliath do with a population that will not engage with the bollocks iPad overwork micromeals celebrity culture? What will Goliath do when people turn to the green Earth; their evolutionary diet and medicines in an act of self reliance (self- defiance)? What will Goliath do when people go "off grid" and generate their own energy using the simple elements of air, earth, fire and water? He can watch through the frosted TV screen the flickering surveillance drone images of an advanced ecological culture where common sense has been restored. And people will be happy again.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kissinger.

by South Utsire

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