How to Protect Your Local Economy From the Great Reset

Posted by freedomforall 2 months, 1 week ago to Philosophy
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On a smaller scale, conservatives can accomplish a lot by simply changing their buying habits. If you do 80% of your retail spending with big box stores and online outlets like Amazon and only 20% at local small businesses, then try to switch that ratio. Spend 80% at local businesses and 20% at corporate outlets. Yes, small businesses tend to cost a little extra, but who do you really want your money going to? Do you want your money filling the pockets of international corporate moguls that are working to destroy your freedoms and undermine your economy? Or, do you want your cash to circulate locally?

Individuals can also start their own business from home focusing on production of necessities or necessary skill sets. They can establish a small business co-op and encourage the community to buy locally. Often, people just don’t know how many services are available from small businesses in their area, so they automatically go to big box providers. Small businesses must work together to change the dynamic.

This strategy also extends to local farms. Consumers and grocery stores need to buy more of their produce from farms in the area and less from chains which ship in produce from other countries. There are millions of acres of farmland in the U.S. that do not grow food at all because these farms are paid by the federal government not to. Encouraging local food production is paramount to remaining free from centralized control.

Organized refusal to comply
The problem with conservatives is that we tend to be so independent that we avoid organization. This is a problem because it leads to self-isolation. During the pandemic lockdowns in blue states, some conservative-owned businesses refused to comply, but they were left mostly to fend for themselves with no aid from the wider community. If more businesses were to ally with each other and protested in tandem, dozens or hundreds of defiant businesses working together would be a lot harder to shut down than just a few.

By extension, it’s not enough for conservatives to merely argue against the lockdowns and demand businesses stay open, we need to also defend those businesses that take action. We need to support them with our dollars and stand in the way of anyone trying to close them down. They are taking a big risk for us, so we need to be willing to take risks for them.

Imagine if Biden tried to assert a national lockdown order and more than half the businesses in the country ignored him? What if patrons refused to allow federal agencies to intimidate those businesses? The lockdowns would be nullified, and Biden would have little recourse.

Establish barter networks
In the event that the U.S. economy breaks down completely, we must create contingencies to prevent total trade disruption. Without trade, populations become desperate because no one has the ability to provide every necessity all the time. People have to be able to barter goods and services in an open market.

Barter networks are a base fundamental, the universal go-to solution during economic collapse. Every society in modern history has used barter markets to stay afloat during financial crisis and to bypass government economic controls. We must be willing to do the same.

Conservatives must start organizing barter networks within their communities now. It does not matter if you are trading with a couple of people or hundreds; the process needs to start somewhere.

Why is this so important? Because there is a very good chance that the federal government will try to fiscally punish any state or county that opposes lockdown measures and Reset policies. This means that the government will first seek to cut off federal funding to red states. In the midst of economic crisis, many regions have become reliant on federal stimulus as a crutch, and this dependency makes them vulnerable to control.

To truly rebel against the Reset, local economies need to be free from federal oversight or consequences. With barter networks in place along with possible local scrip and alternative currencies, the public will be less fearful of economic retaliation.

Take back management of local resources
We have already seen attempts by Biden to disrupt production of carbon based energy resources like oil and coal. Frankly, the time is long past due for states and counties to take back control of federal lands. The government has been stifling American production for decades and this has hurt rural communities in particular.

In my area, the EPA has essentially destroyed the timber harvesting industry through unfair regulations. This has led to federal mismanagement of forests to the point that fire hazard has become a major issue. All the young men in the county used work as lumberjacks to support their families; now they have to leave, or work as wildland firefighters. It’s completely backwards. And this is happening while U.S. lumber prices are skyrocketing.

Conservative counties and states need to take back land and resource management and allow reasonable production to return. Biden should have no say in whether or not oil wells in North Dakota stay operational, or coal mines in West Virginia stay open, or trees Montana are selectively harvested. As long as the bulk of wealth from the resource production stays within the state where the resources were harvested, I see no downside to this kind of response.

If the federal government tries to retaliate by cutting off federal funds, it won’t matter because the states will be producing jobs and wealth for themselves independently.

Immunity from cancel culture
In our current political environment, it is becoming a fact of life that the hard left can and will try to harm people that oppose their ideology. Big tech companies and government are helping them to do this. Now more than ever, conservatives that wish to remain free to voice their views and share facts that are contrary to the leftist narrative must seek protection from cancellation. But how do we do this?

For one, we can work for ourselves. Being self employed means never having to worry about being fired because of your political opinions. Or, conservatives need to work for conservatives. This means conservative companies need to focus on hiring conservative employees, and if the leftist mob tries to attack an individual, those companies can easily ignore them. Of course, this also means that conservative consumers need to start making a list of conservative companies that have proven themselves to be immune to leftist pressure. We need to support these companies.

Conservatives should also look into the possibility of campaigns to build more platform alternatives to Big Tech and social media. We need more web service providers that are owned by people who respect free speech rights. We may even need our own internet.

All of these things are possible, but it takes organization and effort. Conservative communities can become safe havens for civil liberties, but this means we cannot be isolated from each other anymore. We have to be connected by more than our principles, we must also be connected through actions."

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  • Posted by 25n56il4 2 months, 1 week ago
    Your ideas are great. I live in a small city with 3 semi-large grocery stores. We have a family owned market that stays open during hurricanes and floods. The town flocks there during a crisis and then ignores them most of the rest of the time. This store has been in business almost 100 years. Great people. I frequent this store.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 2 months, 1 week ago
    Everything here makes sense and I do my part as best I can.

    However, not all local businesses are conservative. Many support and vote Neo Communist (Democrat). Even Trump had to do that in NYC and elsewhere to do business. This is why some cities are a mess - oh the howling we heard as (D) supporting businesses in some cities were looted and torched. When I discover local business owners that support (D) I avoid them the best I can. I'd rather buy Chinese goods cheaper from Amazon than buy the same goods more expensively from a local (D) supporter - at least I keep more bucks in my pocket.

    It's a mixed bag now days and you have to choose carefully.
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    • Posted by 2 months, 1 week ago
      I agree that some small business owners are misled, but they aren't the ones leading the charge to serfdom and CCP dominance.
      Every purchase made from Amazon supports that charge. Yes, you do have to do more research into the vendor you deal with. The only non-violent resistance we have is in our purchases. We all must take more responsibility and stop dealing with the Buy-dems if we want to restore our country to ethical and moral actions- and to restore individual liberties and free markets. It's so little to ask compared to those who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
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      • Posted by $ BobCat 2 months, 1 week ago
        I do my best to avoid purchases from the likes of amazon and others infected with wokeness. Unfortuna5ely, we are a consumer society and it is difficult to avoid all the venders on the other side of the iron fence, but I try.
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  • Posted by MTMerlin419 2 months, 1 week ago
    I have been slowly finding local businesses here in town that are not following the the d's marching orders. I rent a small garden plot and also have a CSA farm share and between them and the local farmers market I gather 2/3's of my food. Sorry for the short cut, CSA, Community Sustainable Agriculture.
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  • Posted by lrshultis 2 months, 1 week ago
    Why go from a market barter system with a means of exchange to a barter system which is extremely limited to one with no means to store value. That large storehouse of wheat is of no use unless one has a means to determine a price which will clear the market. The barter market is extremely limited in the flow of human energy, which has a time component to it, reducing it to small local markets with no way to trade with the other local markets.
    The only way to change the mixed economy where envy is the mental state of a large portion of the population is through a change in the anything-goes to a rational individualistic philosophy lived by most citizens. That is not presently possible with 90% or so of humans still locked into ancient mystical beliefs.
    The thought of Rand continues to find those who work toward a rational view of existence, but still is rejected easily by little verbal or written quips that makes most people junk her ideas without even know what they are.
    One problem is that humans can easily place themselves in to limited trance states where they suspend the part of reason which questions and then selectively think using some false premises such as god or devil or society or many collectivist leaning ideas.
    All religions and most philosophical systems use the technique of instilling a false premise into their arguments.
    It is not enough to just disobey government since the government will just apply power until no one is left to disobey. Modern government with standing armies will overwhelm any group of citizens.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 2 months, 1 week ago
    Unfortunately, I live in a tourist small city, with a lot of liberal retirees, snowflakes, and small business owners from liberal states. The city always advertises to shop local but numerous small businesses and restaurants have failed due to the Covid shutdowns. The city does have a sustainability program but no citizen involvement. I emailed that department asking about citizen involvement. Just waiting on a reply.
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  • Posted by Deckerron 2 months, 1 week ago
    This post is ecouraging and motivating. I live 22 minutes outside of a small town that is predominantly retirees, and the idea of bartering is attractive to me. I'm thinking that maybe a good idea would be to open a "Trading Post" for individuals to conduct barter transactions?? I'm going to dwell on the logistics of that.
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  • Posted by CaptainKirk 2 months, 1 week ago
    FFA, so what you are saying is that "Everything is going according to plan!" (EPA is doing it's job. It was NEVER about the Environment, it was about destroying this country from it's conception. Forcing Jobs to poorer countries, and preventing Americans from dominating every industry. It worked... Perfectly).

    Remember Square Dances and Barn Parties. We NEED them again. We kept communities together with such activities. Politics is local, but it is taboo.

    We need the concept of LOCAL meetups happening. We need a fixed amount of time and location to do things locally, with those nearby. We (not I), don't talk to our neighbors. We are SO BUSY working and doing our things, we are MISSING the point, and being picked off.

    We need a platform that allows/facilitates us to connect locally. (and NOT "nextdoor", a leftist run goon-squad). But the concept should be:
    - Sign in
    - Presented with Local options: Neighborhood/Community, City/Town, County, State, Region, etc.
    - You indicate the level of activity you want in those CIRCLES
    - And we start seeing everyone come together
    - Banning/Ostracizing SHOULD be allowed on a person by person (to a person) basis. Once ENOUGH people in a circle exclude someone, they are basically silenced. [The opposite of shadow banning... It's individual/group association banning!]

    this, I believe, would allow us to connect. Share stories, share resources/reality, and become a stronger community!

    I call it "Going Local!"
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