50 Ways to Starve the Beast

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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74 Comments  to  50 Ways to Starve the Beast

  1. Drover says:

    13. We ditched TV quite a while back. Don’t miss it.
    14. We have bartered. For us, the system will work with friends and family, but is not something to rely on.
    15. Second hand things are available now. When the collapse comes, it will not be an option.
    16. Also gray or black market?
    23. We make our homemade gifts and we “know what we are doing.” It takes commitment, time, and skill. Today, the standard as well as its perceived value is what is available at the store. When the collapse happens, the perception of the value of the gift may change. That is not always the reaction, but it is there, and should be understood.
    27. Mending is very satisfying to me. It pokes “them” in the eye.
    32. See 23
    49. When everyone gathers at our house, we have old an fashioned sing along and games. Unfortunately, Christmas is gifts. Only when we things get tough will everyone understand its proper place.

    While it would be nice to starve the beast, it isn’t really going to happen. The real benefit to us, by making and doing, is the positive impact of our mental and physical well-being. And that is priceless!

    • Jacob says:

      You may not be able to do all of the above, but what you can’t do others can and working together we will limit what the beast takes from us…. which is the end result we are looking for right? Things fortold to be impossible have been shown otherwise :) keep faith!

    • Star5 says:

      Great..I like your comment….We should be independent of the system as much as possible….

  2. canadagal says:

    If only we could starve the beast but there are too many people who enjoy feeding it. Some of the things we do are no TV, buy local as much as we can. Just bought a beef that we went halves with a neighbour. Purchased from a another neighbour & cut and wrapped by a butcher a few miles away. I just canned 26 qt. soup as there was no room in the freezer for the soup bones. I am also making dog food from the grissle, marrow, fat & other refuse from the soup bones. We grow most of our vegetables a lot of our fruit & we tap the Manitoba maples so buy very little br. sugar. We cut our own firewood and some to sell. We have propane for backup but that usually is only about $500.00 per year. We have a small & a lg generator for power backup. Too bad we don’t have a gas well to power them with but I guess you can’t have everything. I have no qualms about buying 2nd hand clothes or other things. The table we bought 2nd hand with wedding money is still in everyday use…51 yrs this month. If you can buy quality it will likely last. I mend clothes as they wear thin at the knees etc. I hope to make a quilt for each grandchild when they graduate..1 down 10 to go. Most of the food we eat is made from scratch. This keeps us busy but not bored

  3. hvfpaints says:

    I ditched tv a while back. Amazing how much money I’ve saved there. Things are still getting tighter, so I am actively reducing expenses and practicing underbanking since the Cyprus fiasco. So far it is working.

  4. mary says:

    i underbank out of necessity lol! we only make enough to pay for basics so i won’t have to worry about a cyprus event. it does get challenging sometimes though when emergencies pop up. but there is always a way to make it work i have found.

    • Mindy Robinson says:

      Mary, we are either going thru or have gone thru what you are experiencing. It can be difficult, but, you know what , at the end of the day you are beholding to none and have contributed to once again strengthening this nation and it’s people. I don’t know how old you are, sounds like you may be a young parent, I am 52, my husband is 60, Mary, we are both professionals who used to have a good income. My husband is a planner and saver, since he was probably 5 years old. I have not done all the right things, but, damn my husband has. Since the last economic downturn I make half of what I used to, it has been one lay off after another , always resulting in having to get into our savings. My husband’s job has remained stable. Despite all Mary, we are now living from pay day to pay day, we are not going to make it thru the tax hikes, the obamacare, the inflation. The one area of planning my husband neglected was the gov bleeding us dry , they are pushing us into bankruptcy. I have started making and acting on an alternate plan before all is lost. Mary , you are not alone. We are right there with you as are millions of other hard working Americans.

  5. dph says:

    Great list and helpful comments! Thanks.

    Re: Second-hand books – I trade books at Paperback Swap. Sometimes I will sell books that I receive – if they are in excellent condition – at half.com. I also go to library book sales. I don’t go to used book stores because they are often too dusty & smell of mold.

    For gifts, I often use Etsy – I both buy and sell there.

    I’ve recently weened myself off a prescription drug that I was told I would have to take for the rest of my life. That was the most liberating thing ever!

    • Drover says:

      “I’ve recently weened myself off a prescription drug that I was told I would have to take for the rest of my life. That was the most liberating thing ever!

      Congratulations!! I really mean it.

    • Daisy says:

      That’s WONDERFUL!!! I know that getting off prescription drugs is NOT possible in all cases but when you can – what an incredible accomplishment!

      Congratulations, DPH!!!!

      Daisy

    • ajw says:

      awesome! yay for you! i’m in the same boat right now, but i know it will be worth it.

    • Nate says:

      Very cool, I have adhd and have been told I will be taking amphetamines for the rest of my life. Hearing that, I said “F” that noise, started doing research and I have discovered Cannabis is in fact a much better and safer option for me according to health Canada. Weird eh?

      • Emily says:

        Hi Nate, I have ADHD also and used cannabis for treatment for years. Have recently found that Meditation is HUGELY more effective. It is more difficult to implement, but definitely worth it!

      • Judy says:

        Cannabis/Hemp could help to save this world. In many different ways. So many uses.

    • RJ says:

      Congratulations! I’ve also recently weaned myself off of prescription asthma inhalers I’ve used since birth! I’m now 24 and my inhaler ran out just over a week ago and I’m not going back to get another one :) I hope :O

  6. dph says:

    Thank you for your kind words. ;o)

  7. Bonnie says:

    Cancel catalog delivery from corporate stores. Challenging, but nice not to be tempted with feeding the beast purchases.

  8. JP Martin says:

    Great post. Vote with your dollars people. I don’t know if you’ve read Tim Ferriss Daisy but he and many others believe we are at a crossroads where agribusiness could win over the next 10-15 years forever.

  9. Jack says:

    WARNING, WARNING, WARNING!!!

    Beware of #14, folks. Technically speaking, Uncle Sam still wants (expects) his cut on barter transactions!!!

    Sure, many people see this as somewhat of a loophole (e.g. don’t ask, don’t tell.) It’s kin to businesses failing to report CASH income on their sales. e.g. if there is no credit card transaction or banking check used to pay for goods/services, then there’s essentially no paper trail for the tax man to follow?

    But, don’t be mislead. Uncle Sam 100% DOES expect you to report and pay taxes based on barter transactions! As a matter of fact, they are somewhat WORSE! (e.g. each party is expected to report their intake of goods as “income” in cash-equivalent value. Respectively, BOTH parties are also expected to pay sales tax for their sales.

    Friendly reminder: The #1 man purpose we have a cash-based society, is so we can pay our taxes. Governments issue cash, for you to pay your taxes. The government doesn’t want 30% of your sheep/chickens/manure. So, uncle Sam needs something that’s a bit more liquid and convertible. Thus, he issues “cash” in the form of the USD in this case. So, you are expected to pay your taxes on your sheep sales (or your sheep barters) in CASH to Uncle Sam.

    So, BE CAREFUL when bartering. e.g. if it’s not an “even” trade, an one party has to pay cash/check/credit to make-up the difference, then a paper trail of the transaction has begun.

    If both parties issue one another a receipt for their transaction, then a paper trail has begun.

    If you do TOO MUCH bartering, word will get out, and an audible trail has begun.

    Don’t get me wrong, I 100% support/encourage bartering!!! Bartering is a GREAT way to offset inflation (and forthcoming hyperinflation.) When the USD was gold-backed, essentially EVERY transaction was actually a barter (in gold notes.) Whereas, nowadays, we transact in USELESS paper currency.

    Item #20: Should have somewhat of a disclaimer (within legal limits.) Again, Uncle Sam has some restrictions on how much beer/wine we can self-brew. They are fairly decent limits, and there’s very little to differentiate what you made this year, versus five years ago (so the lines/rules are pretty fuzzy.) Just BE CAREFUL that you NEVER, NEVER, NEVER sell ANY of your beer/wine products!!!!

    Items #1 & #22: If you are going to leverage hydroponics or indoor gardening during the winter months and such, BE CAREFUL about where you buy your gear, and HOW you pay for it. Big Brother IS, IS, IS actively watching these types of transactions. It’s part of their efforts to identify marijuana growers. They “hunt” you based on your credit card transactions and such. So, limit how often you shop at the big-box stores like Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, or Lowes. IF you must shop at one of these locations, ONLY pay with cash, and never give them your zip code. Instead, try to shop at smaller gardening shops or smaller family-owned hardware stores. Better yet, shop second-hand via Craislist (and pay cash.) DO NOT ORDER/SHOP ONLINE!!!!

    A Kansas couple/family was recently raided by the local police and the DEA — just because they were growing melons and tomatoes in their basement. They weren’t even using grow lights! The “trigger” was based on their hydroponic purchases TWO YEARS prior!!!

    Buyer beware…

    Item #39: You don’t have to completely switch to a cash-based system for your finances. Debit cards and checks have a HUGE safety and convenience factor over carrying/flashing cash! What we should do is open a Credit Union account, and transfer our $$$ from the banks, to the credit unions. CUs don’t pay their executives and CEOs WILD salaries and bonuses every year. CUs don’t “gamble” with your $$$. CUs aren’t trying (nor allowed) to PROFIT from your deposits. The “banking” model is the largest unsupportable scheme invented by man. AVOID banking!!! Switch to CUs — ASAP!!!

    #36: I completely DISAGREE!!! While we are enjoying relative peacetime — GET OUT!!! LIVE LIFE!!! Go on a bike ride. Go roller/ice skating. Go skiing. Spend the day at the beach. Have a picnic in the mountains. Research and explore all the FREE-admission venues in your community (free days at the museums, planetariums, zoos, etc.) When TSHTF, we will then need to “lock down” MUCH more, and “hide” in our homes for safety and such. So, ENJOY the sunshine and LIFE while we can!!! (You don’t have to spend a fortune doing, so.) Walk/bike/skate to places. Share rides with other families/friends. Worst case, put a few bucks of gas in the car. Go see whales migrating. Go fishing/hunting. Go bird-watching. Attend a flea market or swap meet. Pick-your-own fruits/veggies at a local farm. Get a group of friends together to play some softball or soccer or football. Go rock-climbing or caving (spelunking.) Go on a float trip. Go camping. Go pool-hopping at a nearby hotel pool (act like a guest.) Go sledding. Make a snowman. VISIT A LIBRARY (or bookstore.) The possibilities are truly endless (for now…)

    Item #41: I 100% support the purchase of precious metals (as opposed to leaving $$$ in the bank where it loses 10% of its value annually to inflation — and MORE as hyperinflation occurs.) But, people need to know what precious metals are REALLY for. They are simply an inflation-resistant form of currency. Period. e.g. if you are a 100% self-sufficient homesteader, and growing ALL of your own foods and such, and your produce enough surplus food/energy that you make a “semi-profit” to pay your annual property taxes and insurance, then you have NO NEED for precious metals. After all, you aren’t going to purchase anything?…
    Precious metals should NOT be seen as an “investment.” They are simply an inflation-resistant alternative to paper cash.
    Most of us would be equally as well-off, to buy long-term shelf-stable foods & supplies, instead of precious metals.
    Precious metals usually incur a “hit” when converting them back into the local cash currency to be spent. And, this process isn’t always available, nor quick.
    Think about it… WHY would someone need precious metals? (To subsequently sell them, to buy food/products that they need.) So, why wait for these foods/products to inflate or hyperinflate? Why not buy them NOW — pre-inflation — and without the % hit/overhead that the coin shops and such will charge you?
    While I don’t support the stock market, it is still a much more likely place to “invest” than precious metals (if you do your homework.) Even during economic collapses, money CAN be made in the stock market (if you know what you are doing.) If, however, you do NOT know what you are doing, then you are truly better-off taking your money to a casino!!! (Better odds; no commission fees to get in, and then again to get out; real-time payoffs; and MUCH LESS reporting on your wins/profits to Uncle Sam. (e.g. never cash-out more than $10k per day.) If you win more than $10k, then spend a couple of night, and make several smaller withdraws over multiple days, instead of one HUGE withdraw on a single day.

    #45: Most solar systems require a MINIMUM 30-year return on your investment. With the AVERAGE life expectancy of around 80 years of age — if you are 50+, then a solar system isn’t really a cost-effective money-saving stagey (unless we indeed enter into hyperinflation — which is INDEED very likely.)
    Alternatively, a person could invest all that $$$ into a utility company that has a history of paying healthy annual dividends. Run the math on it yourself if you wish? But, generally speaking, the $30,000 investment into a solar panel system for your home, would ALSO offset your annual electric bills if you invest it into a utility company, instead. e.g. invest enough $$$ into your utility company, and you essentially inherit (indirectly) free/offset utility bills. As costs and bills inflate, your profits respectively inflate. Thus, you have an automatic, built-in, inflation-proof system. Plus, this method is (somewhat) portable. Whereas, a solar system is VERY static, and not easy to take with you cross-country to your next job/home. But, your investment in your utility company will keep paying-off — regardless of where you live!

    I agree with most of your other points! :-)

    But, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT ones you are missing, is:

    #51 = “Start your own business.”
    The BEST WAY to reduce your tax liabilities and stave the Beast, is to start your own business. There are TONS of tax advantages for business (and people who own them.) Converting/redirecting personal expenses into company expenses helps reduce how much income you require per month to make ends meet. The more you can lower you PERSONAL income, the less taxes you will pay — thus, starving the Beast. Get your income low enough, and the Beast will have to pay YOU!
    One of the other BEST advantages of a business, is the ability to hire/pay your family. Instead of giving your kids allowances each week, put them on your payroll, instead. ANYTHING to reduce YOUR personal monthly take-home pay!!!

    #52: MOVE! (To a tax-free state.) This eliminates your need to pay state income taxes. If you don’t have to pay state taxes, then you don’t need as much gross salary in the first place. If you can reduce your gross salary, then you will also reduce your federal taxes, too!
    P.S. The move to your “new job” will likely be tax-deductible, too!

    #53: Donate (ON the books!) Too many people make anonymous charitable contributions, and don’t get a receipt. Before you throw something into the trash, or burn it, or put it into the recycling bin — consider REAL recycling!!! Consider “gifting” the item to a local charitable organization — which reduces your tax liability. e.g. the tax advantages of your TRASH!!!

    #54: Demand, expect, and GET more than you pay for — from your government. You PAY your taxes. These become PUBLIC funds. You citizenship entitles you to your fair-share of these goods/services. As a matter of fact, the WHOLE WORLD enjoys our contributions. (e.g. Parks and such don’t say “Americans only” on the front gate. And, WHO KNOWS how many billions of our taxes are going into countries like Iraq and Afghanistan?!!!)
    So, the next time you are at the DMV, a national park, talking to a cop, visiting a military base, etc. — GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH out of them. Heck, get MORE than your money’s worth!!! These are civil servants. They are paid by you, and therefore work FOR YOU!!! You should expect nothing less than red-carpet treatment!!! This may sound self-centered and self-absorbent? But, THEY are the ones taking your money/salary — even if they sit on their collective asses during slow times. They don’t “refund” your money on slow days — when they aren’t working as much. Again, you are PAYING THEM!!! If you owned a company, and these people worked directly for you — would your expectations of them be any less or any different? HOLD THEM ACCOUTNABLE!!!
    Besides, who’s wasting who’s time? e.g. we sit and wait at the DMV or post office for 30 minutes — so, they should be ready to dedicate at least 30 minutes to servicing us! When they come into MY business, I don’t make THEM wait 30 minutes!!!! If that were the case, I’d be OUT of business!!!
    I’m NOT saying that we should ABUSE the system. I’m simply saying that we should get AT LEAST our fair-share back out of the system.
    P.S. Our government systems are a LOT like playing the lotto. If you don’t play, you can’t win. Thus, if you never visit national parks and go camping and such, then you aren’t getting your fair share of these benefits. APPLY for government grants when possible. APPLY for government contracts for your small business. BUY from government auctions.

    Again, your article as good, and though-provoking! As fed-up citizens, we indeed need to take ACTION to force changes in our government and our politicians. I have long-argued that voting with our $$$ is our most-powerful way to get our message across. Starving the Beast is an EXCELLENT example of putting this into action!

    Peace.

    • Arathi says:

      Wow!! that was a great comment…u put so much thought into it..thanks for taking the time to do it…i actually think this comment is worthy of being an article in and of itself. I hope the organic prepper publishes it , giving u credit cos its really helpful…thanks

    • mary says:

      This is an excellent article , but Jack, most of your post is utter nonsense, total trash. But buried in the garbage are two gems, #51. start a biz, but make it a c corp. S corps are audit bait. #52. Yes, move to a low tax state. There are no tax free states. Your idiotic “Demand, expect, and GET more than you pay for” shows total lack of common sense. We are under their boot, for pete’s sake. don’t bother, just avoid them whenever possible. How about going to AAA and don’t wait rather than go to the dmv and be treated like dirt?

      I especially despise your rant about barter and taxes. We need to start supporting each other, and the very first way to do that is to espouse and spread the idea that it’s us v. them and they we CANNOT squeal on each other. The most insidious and dangerous propaganda that props up the system is “see something, say something.” Always remember, it’s us v them.

      Here’s my #51, own an inexpensive used car, preferably a diesel. Taxes and insurance are much lower. Diesel fuel can be safely stored.

    • BJ says:

      The IRS is an arm of the (criminal) Federal Reserve System… your taxes go to pay the interest on the debt of their mammoth ponzi scheme, which was orchestrated in 1910. Please check out ‘Mary Croft’ and her document…
      ‘HOW I CLOBBERED EVERY BUREAUCRATIC CASH-CONFISCATORY AGENCY KNOWN TO MAN’
      It’s a treasure chest of resistance !!…and free to download.

  10. IndividualAudienceMember says:

    JP Matin wrote: “Precious metals usually incur a “hit” when converting them back into the local cash currency to be spent.”

    Others have suggested that instead of converting precious metals back into a currency a person should just offer to pay directly with the precious metal. Such cuts out the middle man, AND cuts out the beast.

    One person suggested offering people such as your dentist the choice by saying, “would you prefer cash, or this gold coin?”

    When JP Martin wrote the following, a giant red flag popped up: “While I don’t support the stock market, it is still a much more likely place to “invest” than precious metals”

    YMMV I suppose. But from what I’ve read, that’s just not a sound perspective. And if you don’t support the stock market, why would you suggest it?

    JP Martin wrote, “Too many people make anonymous charitable contributions, and don’t get a receipt.”

    My take is: if you get a receipt, it’s not charity.
    It’s also another paper trail.

    I saw JP Martin say something about talking to the police as if you could get your money’s worth out of them. I fail to see how this could EVER be the case. Might I suggest searching the phrase: ‘never talk to the police’. There’s some interesting articles out about that. Also, a law professor has a video about the subject that everyone should watch.

    When JP Martin wrote, “visit national parks and go camping and such, then you aren’t getting your fair share of these benefits. APPLY for government grants when possible. APPLY for government contracts for your small business. BUY from government auctions.” ,,, all I kept thinking was, that’s feeding the beast!

    I would certainly NEVER buy from a government auction. Where do you think your money goes? What do you think gets supported by such actions?

    I don’t mean to pick on JP Martin, rather it’s the ideas, they are all too commonly held. JMHO.

    One idea not mentioned, save your nickels.
    No matter which way the economy goes, you preserve your purchasing power with nickels.

    P.S.
    I wish you could tweek your blog so that when I increase the screen size the middle with the main article didn’t get all smushed together and narrow like.

    • Daisy says:

      IndividualAudienceMember ~

      Thank you for your input – let me see what can be done about the layout so that it can be enlarged in a way that is easier to read. :)

      Daisy

    • Barlow says:

      That may be a problem with your browser and the way it renders this page. I know for a fact that Firefox has issues with some pages. I use it and have compared it to the way another browser, Opera, renders the same page. There are differences.

      Regardless, what ever you do, for security and privacy reasons, don’t use Internet Explorer.

      just my thoughts.

  11. David says:

    Biggest one? Use bitcoins when ever and where possible. This one action restricts the most valued source of nutrient from the beast.

  12. Steph says:

    Bike or walk.

  13. Nannette says:

    Why is Costco on the list?

  14. Canadiangirl says:

    I get together with friends and we do a clothing swap. Bring unwanted/outgrown clothes and trade for some “new” ones. We also do it for children’s toys :)

    All unclaimed items then go to a women’s shelter for donation.

  15. Randy Cuban says:

    Youtube: Run from the Cure, let’s cure cancer now, cure all illnesses from a plant!

    Fight back, put your weapons down! Fight back and plant your food!

  16. WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

    Boycott all the Banks, and Move all your accounts to your local Credit Union, they are not connected to Wall Street and every dollar you put in a credit Union is a share of the credit union you own. Their rates are cheaper and their people are more regular folks who will listen to your financial needs. This includes all credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, and financial instruments. Quit your Bank and move all your accounts as much as possible to your local credit union.

  17. veronica says:

    Stop being afraid! Stop asking permission to live free! Your duty to live like you ARE free and to not let tyranny influence or intimidated you or your family! Permits for this, license for that, you can’t even be born or die without a certificate! Does that sound like freedom to you? We’ve been shown over and over again that we are just collateral for the government. Our labor is pledged to the federal reserve (which isn’t federal at all, but privately owned) to continue the debt cycle. Do you really want to be considerate of the “laws” and demands that “Uncle Sam” expects from you? Was he considerate of us when he bailed out the banks? Was he considerate to us when he let those banks take our homes? Was he considerate enough of us to use our money to pay for things that many of us don’t agree with, like sending our family members to other countries to kill people we never even met because our government tells us they’re bad people? Was he considerate of what the people wanted when we asked to simply require all GMO foods to be identified on the label? No, he protected the Monsanto corporation instead. See, I don’t want to just starve the beast. I want to “guantanamo bay” the beast!

  18. jorge says:

    Thanks for all of the great input. I have decided to move to a tropical country where there are locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round. Where you can purchase a fresh fish on the beach every morning. Where farmers markets are a way of life. Where you can buy a chicken or pork off the farmer and not have to worry about a damn receipt or pay taxes on it. Yes, the fat on the chicken is yellow, like it is meant to be and not bleached to make it more appealing for the consumer.

    The big American box stores are moving in down here too but, you never have to go there.

    The sun shines most of the year. I do not need winter clothes, snow tires, antifreeze or a huge heating bill.

    Am I saying it is all perfect and everyone should do the same, no, it is not possible but, for me it is. I am tired of eating GMO and processed food, tired of having to read labels. Tired of depending on our governments to regulate junk food and additives. They have no qualms about stopping the farmer from butchering and selling his meat locally but look the other way after large corp donates millions to their election campaign.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/05/f-seafood-fraud-canadian-consumer-reaction.html

    We will never have democracy until us, the tax payers, pay for the election process. No more political donations allowed. No need for payback. Lobbying, should also be outlawed.

    another example of where we are heading…and where your money is spent http://www.250news.com/blog/view/28041/1/riot+police+evict+burns+lake+band+protestors

    thanks for listening

  19. ec says:

    if you watch a movie you have to go get it at a box beast. shop for videotapes at yard sales & etc. keep a vcr.

  20. Barlow says:

    Daisy, I got to thinking that for those who are hooked on system, you should have posted a subtitle:

    50 ways to leave your lover….

    the problem is all inside your head, she said to me
    the answer is easy if you take it logically.
    I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free
    there must be 50 ways to leave your lover.

    just slip out the back, Jack
    make a new plan, Stan
    don’t need to be coy, Roy
    just get yourself free
    hop on the bus, Gus
    don’t need to discuss much
    just drop off the key, Lee
    and get yourself free

  21. Awake Sister says:

    I sell my knick knacks (inherited or gifted) and outgrown clothing on consignment. Have sold dumpster dived items at yard sales: ladders, coffee tables, etc. Library magazine sales are good sources of recent, cheap reading.

  22. Miranda says:

    I agree with all of these suggestions and might I also suggest using an app like this one: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buycott/id585933440?ls=1&mt=8 to BOYCOTT all the companies that do us HARM, by opposing GMO labeling, donating millions to ALEC and other pro-corporate groups, and generally putting profits before people!!!

    • mary says:

      How about deep sixing your spy phone, in addition to your boycotting, Miranda? the whores in silicon valley are devising countless ways to spy on us, from our spy phones, to massive data bases and the software to mine them, to drones in the sky.

  23. slammy says:

    Add to #41, seeds, water, non perishable food, tools, etc. These are things that will not lose value and I would say food and water are more important than gold/silver. A stock of white rice that can last 30 years if properly stored is a very safe investment.

  24. Tall Tom says:

    Conservatives have been going about this the wrong way for years. Instead of Stomping on the Brakes, which just slows it down and does not work, it is now time to stomp on the accelerator and put the pedal to the metal. “You want your Socialism??? here it is. Do you like it now???”

    So you seem to hit the head on limiting their Supplies, their Revenue sources.

    To finish the Job you need to Bleed them of what they have into Insolvency. Then the Beast will DIE.

    Of course we have now crossed the path into Criminality…

    Collect Welfare if you can. Convert those funds into Previous Metals.

    Stop working above the board, thus paying them taxes for that “privilege”.

    Start an underground business instead of getting a job, collecting Welfare as you do it. When they can only get 2 out of 3 Murderers and Property Crime Convictions are 10%, which means, that 9 out of 10 get away with it, Welfare Fraud is much easier to accomplish and less likely to be detected.

    Buy things at the Thrift Shops and resell them. Fix your neighbor’s cars. Sell your services and do things which will profit you with all of that free time that you have.

    Use Cash strictly and do not leave a Paper Trail. Many people are doing this right now. That is how we have a REAL 21% Unemployment Rate and people are still “surviving”, paying the bills, keeping the lights on.

    Do not accept any payments in the forms of checks or Electronic Money. (Deposits are what allow Banks to create Currency.) Furthermore it demonstrates an INCOME which will get you caught.

    THE FOLLOWING IS LEGAL…When possible do all of your Business in US Silver Coin. The company’s receipts demonstrate a much lower sales price. So both the Income Taxes and Sales Taxes on that transaction are minimized. That is a Supply Limitation.

    A $5 purchase then shows up as a Quarter since the patron spent 25 Cents as a Silver Quarter. They cannot go after you like they went after Liberty Dollar because the Coin, since minted by the US Government, they cannot be construed as counterfeit.

    Of course if you are stupid enough to sell your Silver Quarters it is at that point you are liable for any Capital Gains. Capital Gains (or Losses) are not realized until the liquidation of the Capital.

    Personally I have done purchases using 90% Silver Quarters and Silver Dimes. Stores actually accept these in lieu of Federal Reserve Notes. Do NOT try to tell me that it cannot be done. I know this from experience.

    For larger purchases use Gold Coin. Again do NOT transfer your Precious Metals into Federal Reserve Notes…ever. Again since the Gold Coin is Monetized then that is the price paid.

    For the person who complains about Gold being illiquid or difficult to sell…

    I liken this to the days before ATMs and when Savings Accounts Records were done by hand, and when Banker’s Hours had a Real Meaning. (Yes there was a time when Banks were open from 10AM to 3PM and you had to have your Pass Book to withdraw Money.)

    Going back to the past may not be such a bad thing after all.

  25. Zeeshan says:

    I fully agree with the writer. While we are doing this, we must not get dishearten by the fact that the system may not change at once or the beast may appear to be large enough to be brought down. We should SOLELY be concerned that it will SURELY be bringing change in our lives, health as well as affording us inner peace.

  26. HomeSchooling says:

    Homeschooling!

    Starve the beast by NOT FEEDING OUR CHILDREN TO THE SYSTEM.

    No more, yum yum kids for it.

    :)

  27. Deeply Insulted says:

    I’m OK with a number of these, but I’m drawing a line at #4. I know a lot of teachers that are being financially starved as is for the work they do. Associating them further with “the Beast” is offensive. If this movement aims to vilify teachers and paint them as part of the problem in our society then I want no part of this.

    • jamesat17 says:

      95% of parents let their children learn through the public school system and have no input as to what ‘their’ children are learning. Many of the teachers you are deeply insulted for are following the dictates of what the government wants them to teach ‘your’ children. One of those things is socialism. You don’t have to believe me. Do your research and find out for yourself. If you did a study of real American history you might find yourself stunned about the truths you can uncover. Since 1955 when the U.S. history books were rewritten the public taught school children have been told the history of the U.S. is mostly peaches and cream. Never the full truth. You can find out that is a truth if you will make that research I mentioned. Its all over the Internet. You will have to find alternative websites that don’t smudge the truth. It made me feel terrible for the first few weeks when I got to looking for myself, but at least I find myself now with my eyes open.

      • Heidi says:

        I agree with Deeply Insulted that associating us with “starving the beast” is insulting. I have not had a pay raise in 4 years. My state has one of the lowest pay scales for teachers. My husband is a teacher too…we make a combined $80,000 BEFORE TAXES and we WORK OUR BUTTS OFF.
        I don’t think that the K-12 teachers are the ones you need to worry about indoctrinating your kids…it’s actually the higher level professors (mostly at public universities) that are preaching all this liberal anti-Christian agenda.

        • mary says:

          Gov’t teachers are the tools of the devil, doling out child abuse while demanding to be praised for their “selflessness.” The k-12 teachers are the worst. gov’t schooling is an exercise in indoctrination and humiliation. You essentially break little children’s spirits. Clearly, you don’t think that is what you are doing, but that is the fact. If you truly want to help children, instead of suck down our tax dollars as you feed little Johnny’s head with lies, quit and find employment in the private sector. Let’s see how long parents who pay you directly will put up with your brand of child abuse.

          Now, you’ll want to tell us that you are a loving and caring teacher who only wants the best for her students. I will say that I believe you and that because you are a “good” teacher, you’re the worst kind. The “good” teachers make it easy for parents to justify sending their children to gov’t school prison camps. Frankly, you’d be doing us all a favor if you beat all the kids with a whip so that parents would wake up to the damage you’re doing and remove their children. John Taylor Gatto was a great teacher, won awards doing it and that is why he quit.

          I firmly believe that one of the most important practices we have to adopt is identifying who the capos among us are. These willing executioners–gov’t teachers, cops, military, town hall paper pushers, dmv clerks, cps, etc–are the henchmen of those who rape this country every day. Without the henchmen, we’d be free. They have to be identified as enabling our slavery, called out on it and either educated or, if recalcitrant, shunned.

          Deeply Insulted, the very fact that there are gov’t school teachers deeply insults me.

          PS Heidi, guess what? You don’t pay taxes. Your income comes from taxes so you are a tax eater, period.

        • Bill says:

          Your income is paid with money taken from others at the point of a gun.
          You are the problem.

  28. jamesat17 says:

    I’m all for the above, but getting the other 310,000,000 people in this country to help starve the beast is really not going to happen. None of them want to get out of their comfort zone. Most people can’t see what I am talking about when I mention these things to them. An example I can put to all of you reading this. – What will you do about the spraying going on over your heads in whatever city you live from around the world. Chemtrails. No doubt you have seen those ugly streaks in the sky over your city that spread out and cover the entire sky and last the entire day. If people don’t believe me when I point this out to them in the city I live in how can it be that the other millions in this nation might get up off their duff to save their own souls. I want your suggestion to work. I have found out no one I talk to wants to do anything about it. That doesn’t stop me from not talking about these things though.

  29. james smith says:

    please note by presidential edict roll your own tobacco is no longer allowed in that manufacturing taxes are not paid. An entire industry involving papers loose tobacco hand opperated cigerette machines gone. All Hail To The Chief!

  30. Reimo says:

    What really stung me is 4th point – Homeschool your children. That’s just plain stupid. No one person can give adequate education to a child. You may be expert in one area, but to give a child options for the future you have to teach him/her about a great range of things. I don’t know how good the teachers are in your area, but they are supposed to be specialist in learning and teaching.

    • mary says:

      Reimo, you don’t get it. Homeschooling would be better called aided discovery. Parents generally don’t instruct their children at the kitchen table as if their home were a little gov’t school. And I don’t know where you get that statement about teachers. Classroom teachers are expert in controlling the classroom. Their job is to herd and lie to children, not teach them. They are the rear end of the college campus, not expert in anything they teach.

  31. Heidi says:

    I just found your blog and so far I really like it…but I don’t agree with #4. I am a public high school teacher with a Master’s degree. I work at an Honor’s School of Excellence (4 years in a row!). We have kids transfer in from all over the place because their parents are smart and research schools before they move to the Charlotte area and they know we are the best. We also have kids transfer in from homeschool and let me tell you: 9 times out of 10 they are not where they should be…academically or socially. I consider myself to be intelligent…but I would never trust myself to teach my kids Calculus or Physics or anything else I’m not highly qualified to teach.
    What we need is for parents to actually PARENT their children. Teach them values and respect and responsibility…and those character traits that will make this world a better place. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS. Don’t let the TV and video games be a babysitter. Don’t let them go off with friends you’ve never met. Don’t give them everything they want just because they want it. And talk to them about the things that matter: staying away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco…and not being promiscuous. Those are the things that parents should reinforce at home!
    Sorry I got off on a tangent…I’m not completely against homeschooling…but most parents aren’t equipped with the knowledge they need to really teach.

    • mary says:

      How can parents spend time with their children when gov’t school takes up most of their day, and also night with “homework?”

      There have been many studies done on homeschooling that show that on average homeschoolers are better educated than gov’t school children and far more advanced socially. The studies show that the level of education of the parents has no bearing on the success of homeschooling. Parents do not have to have knowledge of what their children want or need to learn. They simply need to facilitate their children’s learning. You are clearly ignorant of how homeschooling, or true education, works. Gee, what a shock.

      I have never met a homeschooler who was not more mature than gov’t school children. You statements are simply not believable…

  32. Pro-Science says:

    Although I agree with a lot of these suggestions, there is an anti-science vibe here that doesn’t sit well with me. # 6 is a definite no-no. Research your ailments, treat yourself as much as possible and go to the doctor only if you cannot heal yourself. Naturopaths and healers are scam artists. They prey on delusional impulse and gullible ignorance with placebos, untested “medicines” and unproven therapies. When it comes to your health, trust science and your own common sense. Snake oil hasn’t improved through the centuries.

    • Jayesper says:

      Maybe it would be more accurate to say anti-mainstream-science, the studies of which are possibly doctored (such as Monsanto’s)? And yes, that’s right, place total faith in your doctor! We have reason to be wary of a majority of doctors. Maybe it’s best to check your doctor’s history out, if possible.

    • green says:

      Doctors of Western medicine are not usually healers, but are trained to treat symptoms. They are taught by schools who get paid by pharmaceutical companies who help develop their courses. Some doctors get paid money and get other kickbacks to promote pharmaceuticals. While there are ethical and reputable doctors who have been trained in Western medicine, there are many alternative doctors AND other healers who are also ethical and reputable and can actually help bring about real cures, not just a coverup or control of symptoms, as with much of Western medicine, (not discounting such things as great diagnostics and surgical techniques that have been developed with this type of medicine). While there are quacks out there, there are many natural healers including naturopathic physicians who are highly trained in effective treatments, as well as having to follow stringent standards. Naturopathic medical students have to learn EVERYTHING a regular medical student does, plus more, as well as having to be a resident and take comprehensive exams. Please don’t believe that all natural healers are quacks without proper knowledge of what many of them truly learn and use in their healing methods!

    • Pam says:

      The only “science” behind “western medicine” is marketing :)

  33. Ellen Scott Grable says:

    In California we do have to pay sales tax on used items and according to the IRS any barter is taxable as income (so keep it on the down low.)
    I ditched my TV 9 years ago and have not missed it and the constant barrage of mis messages.
    Opt out of school fundraisers selling candy and crap no one needs. If you want to help your schools volunteer or give them exactly what they need. Pencils, paper, athletic supplies?
    Share tools with neighbors.
    Share furniture with family. We have a house full of furniture and so when a family member needs a table or chair here we are.
    Set up clothes swaps with friends and bring appetizers or homemade lemonade. Swapping clothes benefits the environment, keeps money out of sweatshop owners, corporate stores and saves you big$$$$$$.
    Opt out of meaningless holidays. Just because a greeting card company made a holiday does not we have to participate.

    It is about resourcefulness not resources.

  34. Rob says:

    Good article. I’m always looking for ways to starve the beast. I would add…obey all speed limit laws, dont run red lights or signs, etc.. In other words avoid paying anymore into their system by getting caught breaking laws where you must pay fines. Just a thought.

    • JB says:

      Rob, they would just change the laws and/or create new ones so they could continue to catch and fine more of us “criminals” to line their pockets with. Following their laws will just make it tougher on everyone. It’s a sad downward spiral. We need fewer more realistic laws. We need to go back to more common law and get rid of these victimless crimes which are really nothing more than additional taxes.

  35. Vanmind says:

    To summarize…

    “Hey, everyone, let’s set up a collective system of autonomous soviets.”

  36. This list is thorough! I enjoy how you have links to others articles that elaborate on each statement. I aspire to develop a similar strategy for my blog. I actually posted a list of ways to starve the beast system myself, and it’s a little bit more condensed than this article, consisting of just 20 points to effectively achieve similar goals. Might even see some things not mentioned on here, such as vocation/employment. I also make sure to mention alternatives to the common things people should avoid in spite of feeding the beast. If anyone is interested in reading the article, it can be found at http://theabstractanarchist.blogspot.com/2014/03/20-ways-to-starve-the-beast-system-.html.

    Thank you for your dedication and thorough work in this article and site!

  37. Anon says:

    Here’s a list I came up with back in 2007:

    (Knowledge, alone, does NOT equal power. ONLY when know- ledge is PUT INTO ACTION, does knowledge then represent personal empowerment. NOT personal power, over others,
    and at others’ expense. No. Personal empowerment, that is not at any others’ expense.

    Knowledge of the many arenas in which “they” seek to con- trol you, toward THEIR OWN AGENDA and goals, AT YOUR EX- PENSE, isn’t enough. YOU MUST ~ ACT ~ UPON what you know).
    Hence, the following list of ~ SOLUTIONS:

    1) Quit your TBTF (“Too-Big-To-Fail”) Banking/Corporate or government job.
    2) Stay away from the military. Why be cannon-fodder for THEIR N.W.O.?
    3) Bank at a local credit union! Why bank at a TBTF (“Too-Big-To-Fail”) Bank, such as those that received a CRONY BANKER BAILOUT (from the “Fed”) in late 2008, which Obama authorized with his signature?
    4) Get out, and/or stay out, of DEBT! THIS IS KEY.
    5) USE CASH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Avoid credit/debit cards.
    6) VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS! (What do you support, with your time, money, energy, and attention?)
    7) Trade your FRN’s for SILVER (and some gold) BULLION.
    8) CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION! (Many oil companies are owned by International Central Bankers)
    9) Buy USED, locally, or online, if necessary, such as on etsy.com – Buy from etsy.com sellers who ship within the U.S. It keeps your $$ in either the local economy, or the larger U.S. economy.
    10)Buy MADE IN USA, when buying NEW items, if you want jobs to return to the US. (If Americans begin buying MADE IN USA ONLY, guess where manufacturing jobs will move to?)
    11)Buy ORGANIC food! Support your local Organic food store or Co-op! Whole, organically-grown foods are best. LOCALLY-sourced, is ideal. Support the true HEROES of organic food production (on the right side, of the following poster: http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/prop37-poster3.jpeg)
    12)Take a high-quality daily multi-vitamin (such as Carlson’s, NOW brand, Stop Aging Now (SAN), or Mercola.com)
    13)Contact your Representatives on critical issues: such as “END THE FED!” (I would ONLY contact them on this ONE issue. Otherwise, IGNORE the politicians. They don’t rep- resent you, and haven’t for a LONG, LONG time).
    14)Re-read the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It isn’t about hunting! It’s about government tyranny, and protecting yourself from it.
    15)THINK for yourself. TURN OFF the IDIOT-BOX (the TV), OR THROW IT AWAY!
    16)Read a book. a) NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY, by Gary Allen, or b) TRAGEDY AND HOPE: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN OUR TIME, by Carrol Quigley, or c) THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND, by G. Edward Griffin, or d) THE GLOBALIZATION OF POVERTY, AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, or e) THE FINANCIAL VIPERS OF VENICE, by Joseph P. Farrell
    17)Question the KLEPTOCRACY. QUESTION all ‘authority’ (Big Business + Big Government, Big Religion, Big Media, Big Agribiz (Monsanto), Big Pharma, etc).
    18)Pray or meditate – reduce your stress! (Stress weakens the auto-immune system, opening up the body to free radical attack).
    19)Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient or other music you thoroughly enjoy!
    20)BOYCOTT – learn this concept well, and EMPLOY IT – against those 1) enslaving, or 2) poisoning you!
    21)In Spring, plant your own garden using non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds!

    There, now you have 21 (TWENTY) individual SOLUTIONS, that you or anyone, can begin using TODAY! Add to this list, and share it with everyone you know!

  38. Earl says:

    Buy from small business only, mom and pop restaurants.
    Bank at Credit unions
    From coops and share the profit Among the shareholders

  39. Anon says:

    Here are two additional articles (with fantastic comments in the ‘comments’ section) well-worth reading:

    Let’s Stop Fooling Ourselves: Americans Can’t Afford the Future http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/81190/lets-stop-fooling-ourselves-americans-cant-afford-future

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Ban Gun Shops from 99.5% of Chicago, Videotape All Sales http://sgtreport.com/2014/06/296012/

    Be sure to read ALL comments, in the ‘comments’ section which follows each of the above articles, as people have posted lots of additional SOLUTIONS, that may be of help to you, and your family, in the face of the predations of the globalist financial “elite”, their crony “capitalists” (crapitalists) and their bought-and-paid-for U.S. Congress.

  40. Tim says:

    I use Extra Virgin Olive oil for oil pulling,(15 min.)
    I use Lemon Juice and Baking Soda to make my own toothpaste.
    I have a non-toxic toothbrush made from Bamboo with non-BPA bristles.
    I use Baking Soda for deodorant.

    Namaste.

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