'In the modern world, during the last hundred years or so, there has been an enormous and historically unique shift away from self-reliance and towards organisation. As a result people are becoming less self-reliant and more dependent than has ever been seen in history. They may claim to be more highly educated than any generation before them; but the fact remains that they cannot really do anything for themselves.'
Dr. E.F. Schumacher CBE.
The reason why people today feel that they are more 'highly educated' is because they believe they are getting a better education; the reality of this is that when education teaches the child and the youth how to think and not what to think they really will have a better education - and they will again be able to do things for themselves. But the State System in place today wants the people not to think but to be reliant upon the state in everything they do. For this post we need only to look at the idea of becoming more self-reliant and less reliant on big-business (Global Businesses) or the State System.
The heading 'Life-Reform' seems to suit what this post is about since it would take a very long time, and a good deal more active people involved to 'Beat the System'. In truth we need to look at the small things that we can all do to change ourselves and reform our lives and the lives of our families as well. Far too many people 'preach' to others whilst not doing it themselves, which is self-defeating. It is time for all of us to look to ourselves and what we are really doing to stop the slide into thralldom - and how we ourselves are to some extent slipping into that state even if we do not know it, or rather we are unwilling to accept that we are.
This is the second week of my 'Life-Reform' undertaking, and I will now share with you what has been done to change from the buying of food from the supermarkets (Global Business) to buying from local output -
Farm-Shops - I have found two local Farm-Shops now and bought meat, vegetables, milk and other food-stuffs from them -
- Milk - We have switched to Raw Milk which has not been pasteurised, despite the 'food warnings' they put on this milk, no doubt to keep the supermarket monopoly on dairy produce. The milk is far superior and has cream in it, which makes it taste far better, and also hints that it is not just made of watered down milk. Maybe around 40 years ago milk produced this way could have had problems due to the methods used (though we have had it this way for thousands of years) but with today's means this is not so, and thorough tests are always carried out. This milk, if going sour, can still be used for cooking, unlike the supermarket one which goes off and cannot be used again. This costs more but through the local Farm Shop is cheaper than the stuff delivered - though this may still be an option. (The farm produces Raw Milk from Jersey Cows which seems to be the best milk-producing cow.)
- Meat - The Farm-Shop meat is again far superior and one thing that can be seen straight away is that when frying the pan is not full of water. The stuff produced by Big-Business is blow up with water! The taste is also better and the meat does not get smaller in size as the water is boiled out. Again, dearer but much better taste and fresher - and you know what meat is in it, and that it is not Halal or Kosher killed.
- Bread - Again we have stopped getting the supermarket stuff but switched to nearby stockists. I have even bought bread-flour and made a couple of loaves myself again - something not done for some years now.
- Vegetables - some stuff has been bought from the nearby Farm-Shops and some from the supermarket. It would seem obvious at this time of the year that nearby-grown stocks would not be available.
- Growing for Eating - The seeds, sent to the wrong address, have got here and the people that supplied it apologised and tried to make things right so I will no doubt use them again. These are 'heritage' type seeds that can be used to gather the seeds again for the next year, rather than the 'F1 Hybrid' type that will not produce plants of the same type. On the same lines I have bought a 'Copper Trowel' as put forward by Viktor Schauberger, the idea being that copper (Bronze in this case) conducts electricity and thus may deter slugs - something that we shall no doubt find out when trying this out. I will let you know at the end of the growing season if this has done the trick (they are very expensive so trying them out and telling others would be the best way to go about this).
We have not stopped buying from the supermarket, which we now use for some fruit and vegetables, and household goods which are cheaper, but the outlay to the supermarket is well under half of that spent at nearby outlets. And this week was one in which the main household goods were stocked up again. Another move was to use a nearby 'Garden Centre' which was a free-born nursery which has survived the onslaught of the 'Garden Centre' chains that put most of these out of work. Again, supporting nearby stockists - saving fuel too.
It is only though habit that we tend to use the bigger stockists, and nearby ones can save sometimes due to being nearer and able to get to them without a car. For those in villages that do not have shops this is not so, but what is needed is to get as much as you can at the same time.
Looking ahead to the future I am looking at means to produce power 'off-grid' so that this can also be a means towards self-reliance. Wind-Power and Solar-Power are two of the main means to do so. Here the idea is to move towards another way of making power outside the 'Grid-System' the the State, a way to have a back-up system if needed. This could surely become cheaper in some way but this is not the only reason.
The next stage is to grow fruit and vegetables as usual, but to change the way this is done to make it better and get better harvests. The lengthening of the growing-time is another thing that needs to be looked at, so that longer growing times lengthen the yearly harvest. For some years now I have used raised beds and their use will be widened this year.
The greatest steps forward in self-reliance is today done by the 'left-wing' who seem to be able to work towards this aim better. The drawback is that these people are stuck in the 'World Order' and most often ridden with self-hate and thus tend to help outsiders rather than their own kind - even when they say they are based on regionalism. This has got to change and the 'right-wing' need to get into the real task of working towards this end themselves. In fact it was the Volkish Movement in Germany and around Europe that first brought into being these ideas and acted upon them through their work - some parts were 'left-wing' and others 'right-wing' - we need to fuse the two under a new Race-Consciousness.
'Ideas' kindle new deeds, but they only 'kindle' these deeds, and unless ideas are turned into deeds they will come to nothing. And I see this as the great hurdle today, for far too many of our people bring forth 'ideas' but never act upon them and bring them into being - as they need to be. Without the actual work we shall never get any further than the 'idea' or the written word. The written word is only as mighty as the deed that comes from it! Thought comes before the deed - but both are needed to cause change.
It is very hard to change oneself, simply because people tend to take the easy way out in all things. But we are not 'people', and as Wolves Amongst The Sheep' we have to break free of the sheep-mind, and that means becoming less fixed to the State-System and live a life of more freedom. And this can only be done through a new strength of will that will overcome the life we lead now. This will mean working towards a new way of life, and leading others towards the same ends.
In doing this I am helping my own family, but I have always been urged on by the rekindling of our Folk, and thus the main aim is to lead our Folk by our own work-output, our own ideas brought into being by our work. This is not just a 'family' thing, though the family is the basis of our work, for it goes beyond family to the Folk-Nation and the Folk. If we keep this to ourselves we cannot ask others to do what we do - our work needs to be put out to others so that they may follow what we do. At a family level we can do the work but it has to be a trial and error task that helps our Folk as a whole.
The so-called 'left-wing' seem to be able to work as a community, even though in reality this is not a 'community' which, by the way it is marked out, has to be based on Blood Kinship. Where it is based on Blood Kinship this is not done in real terms but by error on the part of those who act together as one. To be a true Folk-Community it has to be those bound by Blood and Earth. We ourselves can build a true Folk-Community.
Added February 1st 2016 -
Added February 1st 2016 -
After making a loaf of bread again this is surely the way to make it possible to keep a supply in hand. It is many years since I have done this and doing so takes very little time and is well worth while. The taste is far better than the bread bought from the supermarket - it is far more than fresh air! It cuts better, keeps better and has a far better taste. All that is needed is a supply of wholemeal flour and dried yeast - which can be kept in supply for times when we go short.
On the subject of taste, in our 'progressive society' we are in danger of losing all sense of taste; this is because we have been programmed to use the mass-produced stuff sold by the supermarkets, goods which are tasteless in many cases. An example was given on the Channel 4 TV Series - 'River Cottage Forever' by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. On one program he tested local people on their taste of factory-farmed chicken and free-range chicken, both cooked in the same way. The free-range chicken won on taste, but only by two votes. This was because the people involved had been so used to factory-farmed, mass-produced stuff, that they could not taste the difference - which there clearly is. This is a saddening thing since it means that the mass of people have lost any sense of taste and will accept poor-quality goods rather than get the best they can eat.
We bought a supply of fish in Hastings which still has fishermen working, though on a very small scale now as compared to past decades. Fish is dear in any case but this move is worthwhile. In future we shall look at another way to get fish, but for now we have to buy in.
This part will most likely fulfil the needs of these posts for a while so I will renew them when further work has been done, and real progress has been made.