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Subtleties of Depression: Fast Food

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Pyramidal globalization builds institutional branches that benefit the few over the many.  There are direct and resulting benefits, however there are negative results as well.  Everything begins with food, including globalization and oligarchical collectivism.  In order to globalize, franchise fast food has to eliminate localization, localization which normally benefit individuals.

If people boycotted franchise fast food because their expansive business practices instigate globalization and oligarchical collectivism to the point that restaurants closed and people lost work, shortly new restaurants supplying what people desire would replace them.  When goods and services are grown and manufactured locally, locals benefit from opportunity, often resulting in happiness.

When goods are largely delivered via a few institutions from a few locations, only few benefit and the many become dependent.  Oligarchical collectivism is malignant and often presented in benign forms like burgers and fries.  Processes in the preparation of factory food, ranging from the inclusion of hormones, pesticides and preservatives, to the engineering and serving of new genetically modified organisms, benefit globalization, institutional dependency and oligarchical collectivism.

I have formulated a list of inexpensive alternatives to fast food franchise restaurants assuming that one is currently incapable of growing food and that if one will eat the franchise fast food one will eat anything.  Franchise fast food restaurants offer meals with more flair than flavor and more savings than nutrients.  Often these alternatives might only be purchased at franchise grocery stores, but at least they offer some wholesome and locally grown foods.  In order to localize one must first stop supporting institutions that globalize.  

Options to franchise fast food restaurants which require little or no preparation: fruit, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, bread, meat jerky, cheese, any assortment of canned foods and soups, cereals and grains, or one can prepare any number of meals and take them with you on your travels when otherwise one might want to eat from a fast food franchise.

If time is less crucial and does not necessarily equal money, there is always opportunity to forage on real foods available in North America.  Pine nuts, acorn flour, dandelion greens, wild onions, berries, cattails, pine needle tea, chicory tea, rose hip tea and all sorts of various local fauna to snack on.  In the long run one might remain healthier foraging than eating franchise fast food, the economy and world might also be better off by gathering, raising and serving food locally rather than globally, for as far as I can tell, everything begins with food.
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"And if the agricultural economy collapses, then the economy of the rest of the United States sooner or later will collapse.  The farmers are the number one market for the automobile industry in the United States, the automobile industry is the number one market for steel.  So if the farmer's economy continues to decline as sharply as it has in recent years, then I think you would have a recession in the rest of the country.  So I think the case for the government intervention is a good one."

~President John F. Kennedy
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About Ethan Indigo Smith:

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

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I've been trying to help organize a community ... by Darty on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:18:41 AM
Good for you. The specifics I couldn't help you w... by Ethan Indi on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 8:15:22 AM
I be taking notes on what you said!... by Darty on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:52:12 PM