Saturday, 26 September 2015
Tags: Anthony Bourdain, friends, Friendship, Respect
Tags: friends, Friendship, personal reflection, Respect, social equity, United States, USA
Firstly, this is not a “rant” … that’s one reason that I hate “Liberalism”. You’re so “reasonable” that all the rest of us have to see the world through your eyes. WE DO NOT. Your priorities are not mine (nor vice versa). I’m saying that we should fight for a world where ALL OF US have equity. ALL OF US. Not just your mascot groups … ALL OF US. The reason Affirmative Action failed is that Liberals used it to punish the White Working Class for the sins committed by the Liberals’ parents. Of course, that led to the breakup of the New Deal coalition. The Liberals killed it with their contempt for the White Working Class. You did NOT care for our joys, pains, or concerns. You were going to aid blacks … if it hurt us, so be it.
Don’t you see the condescension in your reply? I’ve dealt with clueless Liberals many times. For instance, Liberals don’t “get it” that working class people don’t find “meaning” in their jobs. A job is a paycheque; it’s a means to an end, it doesn’t define a person. Liberals, on the other hand, invest their jobs with all kinds of baggage that we simply don’t share. It led to many a misunderstanding (I have a foot in both worlds, being economically working class, but educated)… I “cut the knot” many times. Therefore… if I disagree with your submission, it doesn’t mean that I dislike you, I reject your submission… a very different thing altogether. I respect you for what you are. However, I do NOT sense reciprocity. To be frank, I’ve never sensed such from affluent suburban Liberals. You deal with it, you can do nothing; Liberals reject all criticism of their ideology, and all that flows from it. RANT… I expected better from you. Remember… I do NOT share your outlook or priorities. I don’t hate you for it, but it’s a fact. Why do you gush over your mascot groups, but reject a critique of that attitude from a member of another social class?
You aren’t “leaders”… you’re the same as the rest of us. The sooner that Liberals (and “Progressives”) understand that, they might find that the rest of us might find them more congenial. I’ll accept you any day, any time, as my equal, but I’ll accept NO condescension or smarmy tut-tutting. The sooner that Liberals accept that, the sooner that we’d be able to tackle the actual problems facing us (not the made-up strawmen of the Cause of the Month)! For instance, it’s NOT “Cops vs Blacks”… it’s a situation arising from the Paranoid Security State erected by G W Bush et al, and maintained by the Repugs ever since (they’ve blocked all attempts to modify or end it using low parliamentary manoeuvres). The cops (ordinary working class Joes) are as much victims as the blacks are. If you can’t see that, you’re wilfully blind.
I don’t hate you… your stumbling (I refuse to label them “rants”, as that’s profoundly dismissive and disrespectful to you) serves a purpose. It allows me to address it! Disagreement isn’t a sign of disrespect… think on that. I learnt that a long time ago and those who taught me that are high on my list of “people of respect”. Keep it focused. I love you and yours… I’d fight for you, any day of the week. However, I’m not like you… I never shall be. Be good. Take my hand… the days are dark and there are all sorts of dangers and falsehood afoot…
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Tags: Agriculture and Forestry, Dacha, ethic, ethical orientation, ethics, everyday life, family values, Food, moral stance, morality, morals, Ordinary, Ordinary life, Pro-life, Russia, Russian
This demot “lives” on several levels. Firstly, of course, it promotes happy sustainable living off the land at one’s dacha (it’s why the Russian government gives people free plots for dachas, dontcha know). Secondly, it’s arguing for a healthy society with a clear and emphatic defence of REAL family values. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s calling Russian people to return to their roots in the Russian land, to embrace a healthy form of “blood and soil”… without any racist elements (that is, it’s open to everybody, of all nationalities and creeds). What’s not to like? Besides, dacha food is awesome… as one friend put it, “the best in the world!”
Monday, 20 July 2015
Tags: Agriculture and Forestry, Dacha, everyday life, Food, Ordinary, Ordinary life, Russia, Russian
In 2011, either dacha communities (40 percent) or peasant farmers (11 percent) grew 51 percent of food in Russia, leaving the rest (49 percent) of production to large agricultural enterprises. However, when you dig down into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again, in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80 percent of fruit and berries, over 66 percent of vegetables, almost 80 percent of potatoes, and nearly 50 percent of milk, much of it consumed raw. Whilst many European governments make living on a smallholding very difficult, in Russia, the opposite is the case. In the UK, one councillor‘s opinion regarding living on the land was, “Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison”; tell that to a nation of gardeners living off the land.
During the communist period, schoolchildren had to work on their local farms to get hands-on experience harvesting food at a time when about 90 percent of Soviet food came from dacha gardens. During the same period, every child would be expected to play their part in growing the family’s food from their small patch of Russia. Whilst the percentage of food grown at Russian dachas has fallen since then, it’s still a massive contribution to the nation’s food and forms an important part of their rural heritage. Take a walk through the streets of Russia’s cities, like St Petersburg… you’d find people selling herbs, fruit, berries, and vegetables from their dacha gardens. Unlike many cities in Europe and the USA, Russian cities have small corner shops selling locally grown food in all shapes, colours, and sizes still carrying their native Russian soil. If you were to visit a typical Russian dacha you’re likely to be greeted with a welcoming dish called okroshka, a refreshing cold soup made from home-grown cucumber, radish, spring onion, fresh dill, and parsley all swimming in kvas (a homemade rye bread drink) with sour cream or kefir.
Food sovereignty puts the people who produce, distribute, and eat food at the centre of decisions about food production and policy and not corporations and market institutions that have come to dominate the global food system. In Havana, in Cuba, 90 percent of the city’s fresh produce comes from local urban farms and gardens. In 2003, the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, entitling citizens to free private plots of land. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares. Industrial agricultural practices tend to be extremely resource-intensive and can damage the environment. 70 percent of global water use goes to farming, and soil erodes 10 to 40 times faster.
In the West, “conservative” filth champion the rights of corporations over the people’s use of the land. Even Church figures support corporations over the people… just look at Potapov, Paffhausen, Dreher, and Reardon… crackbrained rightwing cranks all. Just look at how they support godless Republican greedsters, who are champions of total corporate domination (that’s what “small government”, “economic freedom”, and “individualism” mean… it’s “might makes right” writ large, and its apologists take home fat pay-packets (like Potapov and Dreher do)). Need I say more? Take all of their rants about “persecution” with a great deal of scepticism… they’re conscienceless whores for “conservatism”… in the West, that means the dominance of money over people. “Conservatism” is Satan’s own ideology… “I worked for it, it’s MINE”. Do ponder that one… the fate of your immortal soul does depend on your answer…