Yes We Did– Now What?

January 28, 2009

A bit more on Freedom Manifesto

Oh, so you read my latest and you want the thoughts I cut out of my anarchy post regarding The Freedom Manifesto: How to Free Yourself from Anxiety, Fear, Mortgages, Money, Guilt, Debt, Government, Boredom, Supermarkets, Bills, Melancholy, Pain, Depression, Work, and Waste?

Okay here they are. They’re brief and trivial, and of course I’ve left out the bits relevant to why I’m suddenly an anarchist again for the first time in 20+ years.

I really recommend the book, and I’d really love online discussion of what you thought would work and wouldn’t work for you and for our culture (he is a Brit after all, and despite their reputation for scrupulous politeness they are notorious nose thumbers, thieves, intemperates and users of foul language).

What I would love to do but I fear won’t work for me:

Moving to the country and inviting friends to stay? Not sure my friends would come. Not sure I’d have any friends. I am not cool enough and not able to provide such hospitality as to bring friends whose lives are as busy and draining as mine to our home on their precious and few days off.  Maybe some day… hopefully before all of our children are too old to run  and play on our vast lawns and meadows and wild gardens…

Quitting voting? Nah. If you don’t get involved, you got nothing to complain about. I’m from the Michael Moore school. Run for office. Start locally. Don’t worry about what people think. Worry about what you believe in. Course starting locally might be a bit easier if one moves to the country…

What did sound good? I paraphrase here because it was a library book and I don’t have it any more.

Kill your television.

Why do you you worry about housework? Invite folks over. Light candles. Enjoy company of guests. Get guests to help with cooking and washing up. Have fun. Stop worrying.

Gardening: Once upon a time there was only drinking, and those old farts working in the garden were boring and pathetic. Now I garden, and I have two joys, gardening and drinking, instead of just one.

(I don’t drink that much, too busy. But it’s a nice thought.)

There you have it. Read the book. Comment so we can discuss.

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