Regime Change Begins at Home
A guide to Regime Resistance
It is time to stop the snarky comments over the culture war fence and pay attention to the vast, pitiless machine which is rolling over all of our houses.
People often object to yet another piece moaning about this or that. They are right to do so. Complaining whilst doing nothing is the pastime of losers.
I have decided it is time we start talking about how to win. By ‘we’ I mean people who are not mad, not part of the elite, and not more concerned with hating our neighbours for daring to disagree with us than with the gigantic savage machine devouring everything of value in the world.
It is time for Regime change, and that charitable act should of course begin at home.
Here are the contents of this manifesto for humanity:
No one voted for any of this
The One Big Problem which causes them all
Life Choices - Whinge or Work
One Habits of Successful People (FREE EXCLUSIVE GENIUS LIFE CHANGING TIP OF THE CENTURY!!111!!11!)
How To Stop Being A Victim
Habits of Mind
Habits of Meaning
Habits of Power
How To Resist the Regime - The Sarvodaya of the West
No One Voted for Any of This
No one, Left or Right, voted for the seismic changes brought in over the last forty years. What this means is obvious: you and I have no say in the way we are ruled.
Here are some examples:
ugly, rubbish housing
light industrial sheds everywhere
the transfer of middle class wealth to corporations, universities
Blackrock, Lloyds Bank buying family houses above market rates
...to create a population of permanent rent serfs
education has become the credential industry
lifelong debt is now normalised
plastic in our food, oceans, water and bodies
corrupt and insane institutions
customer service = corporate self defence (they see you as the enemy)
epidemic mental illness
the vanishing of the high street into Jeff Bezos’ tax free account
‘free’ online services = in exchange for your movements, emotions, thoughts and dreams
Freedom of speech, movement, association removed at will
crisis as a system of population management
useless political parties which despise you equally
You can add your own to this list. Briefly, the conservatives have conserved nothing but their own greed. The progressives are on the same bus, but waving a rainbow and not a national flag. Both parties are in harmony with the vast corporations and elites which do as they please with our lives, whilst instructing us to like it.
From the Many, One Big Problem
What is the One Big Problem? Each of our ills, social - environmental - mental - institutional - political - derives from the fact that our societies are scaled inhumanly. Our enemy is a vast, overwhelming system which is basically anti-life. It wants you fat, passive, angry, patterned on fake reality tropes, childless, isolated and riddled with anxiety. Broken people cannot get off their knees to resist. They crave consolation. Presents, no future.
The ruin made of all of our nations has taken place in the last forty years, alongside the creation of a global market system which has displaced every meaningful local culture and custom. It is as if we had all been made foreigners by some worldwide tourist industry, making of our homelands a place of last resort. This is the reason everyone craves escape - into drugs, holidays, games, TV, weird identities and new experiences, because they are trying to flee the uncanny sense that they no longer belong anywhere.
If we had a society based on a human scale these problems would largely disappear on their own. This should be the impossible demand of all reasonable people - a society with a human face. This is the reason for Regime change.
Life is about choices
There are two options, and one of them is whinging. The other is doing something. What can we do? Well, quite a lot as it happens.
I have made a long list of things to do which will improve your life and help you to focus on what really matters. There is a great deal you can change. The list proceeds from simple everyday habits to large scale organised resistance.
To put it very simply, it is time to stop helping the enemy. Start helping yourself instead.
Interlude - One Habits of Successful Geniuses
Lucky readers can glean the benefit of my new and exclusive book One Habits of Successful Genuises (like what I am). This masterpiece, composed of one chapter of one word, has this to say:
In all seriousness, remember to make your life fun. You must have a laugh whilst you go about the business of decoupling from the misery machine. Laughter is the best medicine, especially for the obligatory mental illness of the Regime personality. Your enemies hate being laughed at. Napoleon, who conquered Europe, said the ridiculous cartoons of him drawn by Gillray were more powerful than ten generals.
How to Stop Being a Victim
We are all sick of having things done to us for which we never voted, and about which the expression of disagreement is tantamount to sedition. It is time to change the conversation. Let us pay it all back, in good time and with interest. Here are some ideas as to how to begin, how to pivot from victim to victory.
Habits of mind
Turn off the television
Take your revenge on its implacable obsidian face which has drunk so deep of the waters of your soul
Next - the radio gets it
Now cut down - and cut out if you can - the time wasted on antisocial media.
Epictetus said that we should be careful when making friends, as people are apt to become alike. Put one glowing coal next to a cold one, and either both will burn or both not. The company you keep informs you. This includes your thoughts. Have better ones. The media is not your friend and you really ought not to leave the door of your mind ajar to these influences. Most opinion on social media is simply an echo of this fast food-for-thought - the prepackaged ‘thinking points’ of the media.
The Regime has nothing to offer other than endless trash. The desire for this trash is made limitless and unsatisfiable by means of propaganda. Having buried the hatchet in the sucking void of the television screen we should be free to consider how much worthless plastic rubbish we want to continue to introduce into the food chain and the water cycle.
Try to stop buying things altogether
Start with Amazon. Amazon is uniquely evil in many ways. Cancel Prime now.
Next, try to stop buying from supermarkets.
Don’t buy things which can’t ever be fixed.
Make, bake, cook, mend.
Eat food which looks like itself. Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs - not robofood.
Stop eating food substitutes (seed oils, snacks, other trash).
Our economies are based on perpetual growth. In a postindustrial phase this means service economies, meaning selling people things they are told to think they need.
Another name for this is addiction economies. Buying trash, junk food, booze, drugs legal and not, experience days, wellness, therapy, digital things, new phones, new clothes, new cars, not-so-cheap credit to finance the lot.
Unlimited desire leads to serfdom and debauchery. If your appetite for life is jaded it is because your palate has been ruined by a diet of filth. Cleanse it. Spend time as wisely as you do your money.
Habits of meaning
You are probably addicted to despising some people to make yourself feel superior. This is a bad habit. People can be bad and do bad things. They do more of these bad things in terrible circumstances. Given that we live in an enormous mental illness incubator it is unsurprising that you and I and our neighbours are occasionally strangers to Reason.
Why not think of yourself as a disaster relief worker attending the scene of some catastrophe? No one is really up to this so don’t worry. As with anything new it will become second nature if you do not give up and just keep at it.
We do in fact inhabit a large scale disaster zone and rolling up your sleeves to help is a far better attitude than having a moody little sulk. Marcus Aurelius opined, ‘Can it be endured? Then endure it’. I would not recommend the alternative.
If you are Godless, consider acting as if God does exist. Your beliefs will not be injured by a thought experiment, which will serve to help you supervise yourself.
Have conversations with real people face to face. Practise the skill of avoiding culture war trip-wires so you can talk normally to people without risking explosion.
Read old books. Old editions are best. Our neighbours in time had a lot of practical wisdom.
Pay close attention to your family and social bonds. Without these, everything becomes a mere transaction conducted in loneliness.
Compete against yourself, the you of yesterday, of yesteryear. Small changes accumulate. You are the silt of habit, fertile or sterile according to source.
Join - or start - a community group. Knitting, reading, neighbourhood watch - it does not matter. Building bonds is what is important, which means learning to get on with people who are not you.
Do what you can to help. If you need it, ask for it. Think of your world as an extended family - a clan - more than as a library of services.
Habits of Power
With few exceptions, you can do very little alone except deteriorate. Too many families are simply individuals who share a roof. There is a great reward in living for others, even if only sometimes. It first resembles a sacrifice and then becomes a joy, as the world appears renewed when seen through the eyes of the people you love.
Strategically speaking the number one factor for resilience in adversity is your clan. If you have strong family ties, friends upon whom you can rely then you are better suited to social disorder - even collapse - than even a well prepared individual.
Your guns, food and water will be taken from you by people with more friends. If you think only selfishly, then realise your human relationships are the grain which will sustain you in times of famine.
It is madness to charge the guns alone. Instead, organise and take the ground from beneath the enemy.
Join or start a community project.
Campaign for better policing, school or health provision.
Support or start a community greengrocer.
Contact your local elected representatives on every issue which touches your life. Encourage others to do so, too.
Consider becoming a local elected representative. Don’t worry too much about the colour of the party’s ties. Play the game like a politician - for power.
Learn at least one useful skill. It has been said you do not really own anything that can be taken from you. Gather such things if you can.
Propose the witholding of local municipal taxes as a community initiative.
Publicise precise means of financial non-cooperation. Ie replace direct debits with requests to pay, and pay them at the last possible moment to avoid penalty.
Investigate and publicise every legal and peaceful means of frustrating the system which is ruining all of our lives.
The managerial Regime gets its money from you and I without a whisper, through automatic and frictionless bank transfers. How does it go for you when you want a refund, or even to simply stop paying for something you do not want?
Make it as hard for them as it is for you. Adopt a ‘customer service’ mentality, being politely dedicated to frustrating the customer into a breakdown. Do unto them as they do unto you. With pleasure.
The Sarvodaya of the West
Gandhi went around wearing a homespun tablecloth and dissolved the power of the greatest empire the world had ever seen - with talk. He called one of his movements ‘Sarvodaya’ which means something like ‘uplifting’.
I am calling for a sarvodaya of the west. We must lift ourselves up from the filth we inhabit and be better than we were. We must cease to cooperate in our own destruction. We must not participate any longer in our own humiliation, and for the sake of our children we must now set about the work of reclaiming the world from degradation. Every single issue over which we bitterly disagree can be solved by halting the mass scale machine of global corporate consumerism. The Regime is a vast apparatus for which we are all but food. It thrives on dependence and attention.
Make it die of hunger.
What is there to live for? For life, for love, for the reverence of beauty and of the splendour of the natural world. For friendship and for family, for kinship and for mutual respect. For a life with a higher spiritual purpose than one restricted to the the purchase of ever cheaper, ever worse consumer trash in the company of strangers.
Reclaim your mind, your body and the meaning of your life from the poisonous influence of the Regime. Resist by relearning how to live. Make friends, not enemies. Ordinary people like ourselves need one another to resist the machine which will otherwise destroy us all, as it replaces everything precious and fine with itself.
So little of ourselves belongs to us. Take back what you have given in haste, for convenience. It is your soul.