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 its 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, from 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…

Grow your own food (this starves Big Agri and Big Pharma both)

Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties

Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible

Homeschool your children

Walk or bike instead of driving when possible

Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors

Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove

Boycott all processed foods

Shop at local farmers markets

Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot

Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning

Join a CSA or farm co-op

Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)

Participate in the barter system – if no money changes hands, no tax can be added

Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores

Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or by putting an ad on Craigslist

Repair things instead of replacing them

Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants

Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out

Brew your own beer and wine

Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed

Grow or gather medicinal herbs

Give homemade gifts

Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events

Dumpster dive

Play outside: hike, bike, picnic

Mend clothing

Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant

Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue

Camp instead of staying at a hotel

Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug

Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans

Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment

Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater

Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip

Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way

Pack lunches for work and school

Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift

Close your bank account; or, at the very least, strictly limit your balance

Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter

Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account

Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs

If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco

Live in a smaller, more efficient home

Use solar power for lighting or cooking

Collect rainwater for use in the garden

Learn to forage

Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff

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

Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts



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