a populist blueprint for resistance...
So refreshing and invigorating to delve into the wit and wisdom of a sane soul. Not only are your writings insightful, but they go beyond being yet another exhaustive compilation of what's bent and broken, both on the level of the individual and the system. Unlike the legions of doom-sayers and soothsayers, you offer practical, realistic DIY guides to personal resurrection. Your methods accord with my personal-evolution programs to bring people back home; to return them to the state of sanity, serenity and natural grace (kinergy.life). Thank you Jeff!
A historical perspective https://open.substack.com/pub/frederickrsmith/p/individual-enterprise-part-one-traditional
Seriously? You go tell someone working two jobs to makes ends meet that what they need is a better quality of life through community and religion and family. They'd look at you like you're crazy. You've confused cause and effect; the cause of these declines is the loss of well paying jobs which means people spend more time working to make ends meet and have less time for anything else. We've reversed what is important in this country; we no longer value the people who harvest, make, and distribute the goods we require. Instead we value people who play dress up for a living (actors) or people with jobs that contribute nothing to society (any person working in the financial or media industries). Note how everyone is supporting the Hollywood writer's strike but the fact that the Biden administration stopped the railworker's strike (they wanted safer working conditions as well as more pay) was barely mentioned?
The answer to our societal ills is old school labor strikes...a general strike of all the people who actually make the things we need. When rich people can't get their soy lattes at Starbucks maybe that will get their attention. And by the way...the modern communications system should make that easier to accomplish, so unplugging would be the last thing I recommend...
Thanks for the kind reaction, Cynthia. Don't know if you're a baseball fan, but check out my essay, Baseball and My Father (https://open.substack.com/pub/qolrm/p/baseball-and-my-father?r=7hc45&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web). It's where I introduce the theory that all creation is a function of rhythm, and all artists create by ear.
Fantastic! I love this, Jeff. Thank you for recommending my substack too. Making art is how I keep some QoL in my little patch of the planet. 🙏🏽😌 looking forward to reading all of your info here!