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50 Ways to Starve the Beast

Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
April 5th, 2013
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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.

Every penny you spend with small local businesses is a penny that the big box stores won’t have. 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. Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot
  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 below…

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. ¬†She is the author of¬†The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.¬†On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. ¬†Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media.¬†You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,¬† and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Aaron

    like how you think, i’ve been doing alot of these things for the past 5 years when i got in tune with how the “system” works

  • Baba Bombay Beetle from London

    Ah! But what if instead of chasing thieves Big Law decides to criminalise many of the above activities and issue fixed penalties on these noble yet ‘taxable’ deeds? They will.

  • Baba Bombay Beetle from London

    Take for example, after stealing, yes it is stealing, your guns, they then insist you need a liscence to own an axe. Therefore most must buy chopped wood from Wallmart. They will.

    • Row Weil

      Agreed – there needs to be another side of this article: How to unwind tyrannical policies from the grassroots up.

  • The Arizona Patriot

    great ideas. Take money from the Zionists. Oh and by the way they will never take my weapons. The bullet made men equal 500 yrs ago. I will live on my feet rather than die on my knees. DEATH TO THE NWO!!!

    MOLON LABE

  • Baba Bombay Beetle from London

    I’m not dreaming. When I tell people it is illegal to collect rainwater in a butt in many american states they think I am making it all up. Why doesn’t the media bleeding well INFORM us of laws we need to know about? I don’t mind being fined ¬£60 for dropping litter, I KNOW its bad. But telling my son to take vitamins, I never knew was practicing medicine without a liscence.
    We all hate petty laws but please inform us before the need to prosecute arises.

  • amanda

    The lotteries for sure. an i hate to sound mean but big charities. i stick with local volounteer groups. I used to donate stuff big time as well, but when i got over the shy to ask family and friends if they wanted old stuff, i was surprised how many of them were grateful and admitted to having a hard time keeping up.Id ask everyone to look around at the nearest and dearest and see if they are struggling silently. god bless

  • http://T Evie

    Use a library to borrow books, but they do track what you read. Purchasing books at yard sales and swap marts are not tracked.
    Church sales are the best with the cheapest prices.
    Some yard sales want an arm and leg for junkie Chinese goods.
    Goodwill is getting expensive and junkie.

  • http://none Abdul

    Emmigrate to a saner country.

  • http://T Evie

    A saner country? Exactly where, Cyprus? The elite intend to take all and put everyone under a system. That is how they make money.

  • Stephanie

    Starve the beast, breastfeed all the babies!

  • Bob Marshall

    Proverbs 29:2 ‘When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule the people mourn.”

  • http://T Evie

    The beast is already starving. Certain corporations have to resort to tricky accounting to make a profit appear.
    No brain science here. With most making less than $20,000. Purchasing shoddy 3rd world goods is the last thing on their minds.
    No banks and corporations we will not go into debt so you can live in mansions, purchase private jets and say the solution is for people to work for less.

  • yipeee ki yeaa!

    Bought a 800 $ motorcycle for daily commuting (50mpg), have an SUV loaded up ready to go as a stand by. Live in modest 900 sqft home 2 acres with fruit trees berrys and garden.. Inet and SW my only source of info and entertainment.
    DHS billions of rouinds and 2500 rubber tire tanks

    REVOLT
    OR
    PERISH
    SUA SPONTE 11B2V 1987-1991

  • http://ancientvalleyranch.com/mdp/makingdirtpay.html Lee Ann

    This is what I’ve been working on just to survive.
    http://ancientvalleyranch.com/mdp/blog.html

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