Largely this mad push to widen the gap between rich and poor, and do away with this bridge concept of a middle class, is a striving to the return of a time of lords and serfs, masters and slaves.
Liberty not vigorously guarded is vigorously lost, or wrenched away. And you can see that plain in the shenanigans of the 2016 election.
So hopefully that is a wake-up call to all those who danced like puppets to the fairy tales of bigots and billionaires.
Contrary to what the ignorant and the evil will sell you, the war is never one of skin color, or ethnicity, or nationality, those are simply means to the true end. The war is ever one of class. An old war of means and the access to means, and keeping masters few, and slaves many, by having them keep each other busy with bs conflicts, that make them easy pawns for the whims of kings.
So 2017 will see some belt tightening. Which means every dollar spent is precious.
Make sure you are getting your money’s worth.
Most city’s have food coops to link farmers direct with consumers. This does not replace the middle man of the big box grocery store than can bring you a wider variety of items, but what it does do 1/keep your local farmers in business and 2/augment and give you a backup to those big box stores. Because in hard times, one of the first things to begin breaking down is those truck deliveries, often cross country deliveries, to your local grocery or supermarket.
So yeah get in good with your food coop now, so you have that network already in place of local food producers.
The same goes for local butchers. My nonvegan and nonvegetarian friends, it is a good idea to know the local butchers and livestock farmers in your area, as again when the truck deliveries to your big box super market stores go dark, it takes no time at all for the shelves to empty out. And in such a scenario it behooves you to already have a relationship with a butcher or live-stock farmer.
And if your city or neighborhood does not offer such alternatives, maybe look into creating them in your area if feasible (and you have the support). If the support or infrastructure isn’t there, and isn’t in place to put it there, then be open to looking at other areas that may be a better fit.
Where you find yourself beginning the day, may not always be where you should end it.
Well that ends today’s hopefully helpful hints.
Be good out there.
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