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5 Current Popular Movements That Have Our Corporate Overlords Freaking Out (And Where You Can Sign Up)

Did you know the world is absolutely full of people just like you who are sick and tired of the status quo? But you’d hardly ever hear about it while sucking at the corporate media teat; their goal is chloroform — or at the very least to distract you while they put these subversive fires out. Your ultimate enlightenment and actual personal freedom will never come from an Inc., my friends.

But don’t worry: this longtime underground scribe has got your six. Now just sit back and listen in for several tales of popular lifestyle uprisings that have our corporate overlords freaking out — and don’t want you to know about.˚˚

1. The Minimalism Movement

Nothing should strike fear in the heart of the greedy banksters on Wall Street more than this. The very kryptonite to their incessant, ubiquitous cries of moremoremore in the public square is: less.

Shopping will make everything better, they tell us.

The problem is, of course, it won’t.

Problem:

Where to begin? The Great Pacific garbage patch, the plastic pollution in the sea that even the fish can’t completely eat (and it’s not really good for them anyways, poor little fellas) . . .

I’m just going to step out of the way here and let this nice lady take over:

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 New from the Story of Stuff Project: The Story of Microfibers

Solution:

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What is Minimalism | What is Minimalism 2 | Some nifty quotes on minimalism thru history | Are there 6 types of minimalism?

Is a minimalism movement happening? You bet it is. Or, at least the millennials are getting it:

Millennials are highly adept at using technology and social media influences many of their purchases. They prefer to spend on experiences rather than on stuff. Seventy-eight percent of millennials — compared to 59% of baby boomers — “would rather pay for an experience than material goods,” according to a survey from Harris Poll and Eventbrite cited on Bloomberg. They favor products marketed as ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

— via Millennials Go Minimal: The Decluttering Lifestyle Trend That Is Taking Over

How the Empire Strikes Back:

The first step in any corporate media campaign is silence — leaving us proles to whisper amongst ourselves, passing around samizdats and such.

The second step, of course, is the usual: pissing down every sensory orifice you have 24/7 and calling it rain: AKA the advertising industry. Buy this. Don’t you feel fat/ugly/dumb/stinky/whatever without that? Consume. Obey. Work. Reproduce. Conform. Buy. Watch television.

You are your stuff.
Your stuff is you.

Funk that noise.

Join the Resistance:

Watch the full Minimalism documentary.

Read this book: Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. And go sloughing.

Don’t buy anything at all, get it for free, and when you do buy something: buy it for life and buy it for less.

Support the Zero Waste movement and the ending of planned obsolescence.

Stop watching or listening to advertising — completely. I went ad-free almost 2 decades ago — now whenever I hear a commercial (despite all my best efforts), it feels like a cockroach inside my head. Cut the cord if you haven’t already.

Try to remember this basic, ultimate truth: experiences are better than things, and you can’t take it with you.


2. The Tiny House Movement

Arguably a philosophical subset of number one but a raging inferno of excited creativity and personal liberation all on its own — the Tiny House movement is, without a doubt — sweeping the world.

Or at least America.

A helpful timeline of the Tiny House Movement.

Remember: housing is a human right. Everyone should have a home. Everyone can have a tiny home.

Problem:

Not everyone has a home.

Plus: Fugly McMansions, global warming, debt drowning, predatory lending, banks, nimbyism, empty rooms, empty houses, and homelessness — just to name a few.

Solution:

Tiny homes: simple, efficient, elegant.

The Tiny House Movement, to include (hopefully sustainable): tiny houses, yurts, treehouses (not always necessarily w/o juice or wifi), Earthships, cob cottages, cabins (they do look good in snow), even shipping containers.

But nothing with wheels please, even though they are also technically “small.”

(Apparently tiny house purists exist, and they sniff at RVs and don’t even mention semi-trailer home conversions. I dunno, this couple seems like they’re having a lot of fun to me. And Airstreams are kind of cool. Hey, does this anti-wheel stigma include vans? Ruling out #vanlife?!)

There’s always gotta be a snob. (Take that, snob!)

How the Empire Strikes Back:

Well, banks won’t give them loans. No surprise there.

Local yokels sabotage by zoning, siccing Johnny Law: tiny home zoning drama in Oregon, Seattle nimbyism.

There is this article I am just going to list: “5 reasons buying a tiny house is a mistake” but not actually read . . . because it’s from Forbes! Source plus title says it all.

And naturally, the realtors don’t like it as it bites into their cut. Who cares if you’re saving the planet and living healthier and happier when real estate agents are losing commissions over here? Won’t somebody please think of the real estate agents!?

(Who does like it? You. Me. This tree. That frog.)

This is not a bubble, or a fad or a trend.

This is a LEVEL UP.

Join the Resistance:

If you can’t live in one right away:

Practice by camping. Sleep in one of these.

Try tiny house tourism. Book a night or 2 in this treehouse in Utopia, Texas, or this one in WA state.

Keep feeding the dream. It will happen.

Personally, I like these DomeGaia homes, myself — and only 20k!

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How Backyard Cottages Could Help Solve Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis | What to do about the cat box | If Jesus camped | Tumbleweed Tiny Houses | Where to buy land for sale | Earthship Biotecture | Make a Pirate Ship Tree House | a “huge” collection of related topic biblio-treasure | Tiny House Movement on Insta


3. The Vegan Movement

Ah, yes. You mean our easy life of relying on the stolen blood and milk of generations of enslaved animals is coming to an end? — cries the persecuted animal cruelty industry.

Hell yeah, it is! Cuz vegans are coming to get ya! Ah, I mean, they are going to cause the slow (and then fast) collapse of your horrible ancient pain brigade — with love. By going in a completely different direction. By making a better model.

(This company gets it.)

Good news! This super positive trend toward veganism does seem to be continuing.

The vegan movement is everywhere now: this Newfoundlander, these Germans, Millennials, Gen Zers, and even Latinos, too.

The writing is on the wall (and vegans are particularly good at reading — what with our big brains and all):

Sorry, Babe. Humans suck.

Problem:

The big 3: animal cruelty, human disease, and global warming.

Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These shocking figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes. Animals are not simply food products, but thinking, feeling individuals who want to enjoy their lives. An animal’s life is as important and irreplaceable to them, as ours is to us.

Vegan food has come a long way in 20 years — delish!

Solution:

Uh, stop putting animal corpses in your mouth?

I mean, look at how happy these animals are — what level of cognitive dissonance and how many years of corporate and societal conditioning did it take for any of us to not see that?

But seriously going vegan does 3 things at once: it vastly improves your health, lessens animal cruelty and your contribution to climate change all at the same time! Kind of a no-brainer, right?

How the Empire Strikes Back:

Infiltrating vegan potlucks with FBI agents. Do we really need another example?

Oh, but there was that one notable pro-beef media campaign: We Raise All Our Beef Humanely On Open Pasture And Then We Hang Them Upside Down And Slash Their Throats.

Join the Resistance:

Watch some documentaries. (Earthlings is known as “the vegan maker.”)

Remember that old stereotypes about vegans are bunk. The truth is: vegans are fit, macho, and sexy. Sometimes, vegans are even reputed to take their clothes off — shhh. Vegan men are manly men. (In fact, men who have compassion for animals are so sexy they are even known to cause “lady boners” — true story.)

You do know that you can still totally pig out on junk food when you want to, right?

(And did we mention vegans are sexy?)

Do you really need more reasons? Here’s 101 of them.

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 /r/vegan | beans > beef | no, cows won’t go extinct — don’t be an idiot

Or you could follow Commander Trump’s vision and . . . eat horses.


4. The Permaculture Movement

Probably the biggest secret Big Ag would pay money to keep hushhushhush.

Did you know, with a little design and planning, not too much money down and a wee bit o’ work — you can have amazingly fresh organic produce delivered straight to your door all year round? By gravity! (So close to your door, then. You just have to walk outside and pick it up.)

Small Space, Big Harvest: An Intro to Urban Permaculture

Sounds Edenic, eh?

It even comes in vegan-style:

Problem:

Hunger, food deserts, malnutrition, global warming, animal cruelty, supermarkets, monoculture, the loss of biodiversity — just to name a few.

Solution:

Decentralize food. Grow food everywhere. And permaculture is the smartest and least work-intensive way of doing this.

Seattle gets it.

This family gets it, too:

Philly might also get it — if they’re lucky.

How the Empire Strikes Back:

Not permaculture, but similar:

City uproots couple’s 17-year-old front yard garden

Join the Resistance:

Try WWOOF:
 WWOOF USA | WWOOF International

Go foraging. Use this map.

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/r/Permaculture | /r/Permies | /r/permaculturevideos/ | /r/forestgardening/ | Why food forests? | the link between minimalism and permaculture | We The Trees | /r/OpenSourceEcology/ | and don’t forget to add a mini mushroom farm

Remember: small is really beautiful.


5. The Nudism/Naturism Movement

Another subset of the minimalist node — wearing no clothes is as less as it gets.

Why’d we ever start putting on body covers in the 1st place?

Whatever it was — it probably wasn’t good.

So why be nude now? Other than to right a wrong?

body liberation now, body liberation forever

Plus: liberation is a good thing.

Good news! Clothes are on the downslope anyway:

The apparel industry has a big problem. At a time when the economy is growing, unemployment is low, wages are rebounding and consumers are eager to buy, Americans are spending less and less on clothing.

— via The Death of Clothing

Add to that more modern and libertine attitudes of how much flesh to reveal, plus the ever-escalating worldwide temps, and the inevitable rise of global nudism is not hard to plot.

France is already a burgeoning birthday suit hotspot:

Young people are into it, too — with one caveat: they ain’t digging the landed cubs. Which is a shame, because the landed clubs do have some advantages. For instance, where else can you go skinny dipping in a heated pool in Seattle?

Problem:

Puritans. Prudes. Evil companies burning unsold clothes so poor people won’t wear them. Body shamers. Religious fundamentalists. The inevitable, mandatory uni-jumpsuit.

Why should society tell you how to dress? Don’t tell me how to dress! Or even to wear anything at all! That should be a legitimate goddamn civil right! . . . right?

How is it illegal to be human and look human?

Solution:

Accepting your inner human. And then your outer one, too.

Embrace body positivity. Reject the mono-body.

It’s been going on for a while, this inner call of the wild:

How the Empire Strikes Back:

Dividing the self against its own body is very possibly the first step in all humans being divided and conquered everywhere, and completely. By dividing us against ourselves. Against our very own identities. Our very own nature. Our very own bodies.

With lies, shame, and body negativity. And by placing hopeless expectations — especially upon women — of an unattainable mono-body ideal.

Join the Resistance:

Easy: strip!

No? Not that easy?

Maybe this will help:
Revolutionary Nudism, by Émile Armand

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(Last chance to go skinny dipping in Seattle until next year!)


Final Thoughts

What do all of these movements have in common? They all help personal health and happiness, the well-being of the planet, and the fate of all species on it at the same time.

Oh, and also they all reduce multinational corporate profit — which means achieving any one of these noble aspirations on a larger scale will be an uphill battle.

Who is our life for, anyway?


Chris Hedges:

As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface.

Ladies, gentlemen, and all sentient beings everywhere: let’s keep brewing, shall we? This coffee is just starting to get hot.


[originally published on drmenlo.com]

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