Freeconomy Blog - August 2009
Making the collective transition to going off-grid
I've just cycled back from a fantastic festival in Somerset, south-west England, called 'Sunrise Off-grid', which was billed as a Transition festival. For those of you who are unaware of the Transition Network, it's a movement of people, the world over, who are collectively looking for solutions to the massive problem peak oil is imminently about to present to us.
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I'm not alright, Jack
It has emerged that the most likely source of the Swine Flu pandemic was a factory farm in Mexico, though some claim that it originally came from an animal prison in the US, where non-humans animals are held in custody their entire lives in crowded cells without charge. Shock. Gasp. Horror. Personally, I had just assumed from the moment I had heard about it that it was linked to the industrialised farming of pigs. Mexico, and the US for that matter, keeps its animals in horrific conditions. I challenge anyone without a Thatcheresque heart to look at the conditions that animals live in there and not shed the slightest of tears for those involved.
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How do you see money?
Contrary to most people's understanding, I am not the first person to live without money. Firstly, you have the fact that for just over 95% of humanity's time on planet Earth, the concept of money didn't even exist, just like for the most part of the 20th Century the internet or mobile phones didn't exist; yet, just like money, the masses believe they couldn't live without these technological 'advances' now either. On top of that, you have the fact that every other species on the planet - birds, elephants, earthworms, even Bengal Tigers - have always lived without credit or debt, even in this domesticated planet we live on now. It sounds a bit obvious saying that animals live without money - of course they do. But why then does it sound so stupid to say that we humans, also animals, can live without it also.
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