• 50 Ways To Starve the Beast

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    A term coined in 1985 by an unnamed staffer 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, therefore paying less in taxes.

    These days the Beast has a lot more tentacles than just the government. The system now consists of the government and all aspects of Big Business. Big Agri, Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Food, Big Banking and Big Oil, to name a few. It seems that now it’s the Beast doing the starving, as small businesses close because they can’t compete with Wal-Mart, the family farm is on it’s way out because it can’t compete with the huge, 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 simpler days, when families that were willing to work hard could make a living without selling their souls to the corporate monoliths.

    Everything that you buy secondhand or barter for is an item on which you won’t pay sales tax. Disassociate yourself completely with “the system” that is making Western civilization broke, overweight and unhealthy. Starve the Beast by taking as many of these steps as possible…

    1. Grow your own food (this starves Big Agri and Big Pharma both)

    2. Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties
    3. Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible
    4. Homeschool your children
    5. Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
    6. Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors
    7. Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove
    8. Boycott all processed foods
    9. Shop at local farmer’s markets
    10. Cut up your credit cards, except one for emergencies only. Use cash
    11. Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning
    12. Join a CSA or farm co-op
    13. Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)
    14. Participate in the barter system – if no money changes hands, no tax can be added
    15. Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores
    16. Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or putting an ad on Craigslist
    17. Repair things instead of replacing them
    18. Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants
    19. Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out
    20. Brew your own beer and wine
    21. Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed
    22. Grow or gather medicinal herbs
    23. Give homemade gifts
    24. Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events
    25. Dumpster dive
    26. Play outside: hike, bike, picnic
    27. Mend clothing
    28. Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant
    29. Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue
    30. Camp instead of staying at a hotel
    31. Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug
    32. Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans
    33. Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment
    34. Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater
    35. Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip
    36. Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way
    37. Pack lunches for work and school
    38. Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift
    39. Close your bank account or at the very least, strictly limit your balance
    40. Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter
    41. Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account
    42. Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs
    43. If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco
    44. Live in a smaller, more efficient home
    45. Use solar power for lighting or cooking
    46. Collect rainwater for use in the garden
    47. Learn to forage
    48. Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff
    49. At the holidays, focus on activities and traditions instead of gifts. Go for a walk or drive through the neighborhood to look at lights, get into your PJs and watch a special movie together on Christmas Eve and make certain treats that can always be expected
    50. Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts

    How do you Starve the Beast? Please share your suggestions

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