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Influenza and the Commodi-tea Party

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    The Boston Tea Party is the archetypal patriotic act.  Individuals acted openly, defiantly and in unity against what they saw as exploitive and monopolistic coordination of The Company John (British East India Company) King George III, The English Parliament and an assortment of colonial institutions.

    The tea was simply a commodity of the collection of oligarchies enabling certain monopolistic restrictions and interests.  The Bostonians reacted to exploitation the tea represented and not a tax on the tea, in fact the tea was made less expensive.  Certain locals dependent on the tea trade were cut off and eliminated by the globalization efforts of the English oligarchs, but most saw a drop in price.  The Bostonians didn’t react to exploitation of finance, but rather fairness, just as the founding fathers designed the government to be fair rather than efficient.

    The ships carrying the tea were first prevented from importing their goods.  The Bostonians refused to let the three ships dock and unload their goods.  The Dartmouth arrived November 28, the Eleanor December 2, and the Beaver sailed in on December 15, 1773.  On December 16, unified individuals acted openly and aggressively, yet peacefully, and dumped the commodity in question into the drink.  Some dressed in native attire, not to disguise themselves amongst their peers, but to express that they were no longer English, no longer European, but American.

    The Boston Tea Party was not about tea, but refusal of a commodity that enabled globalization of empirical institutions.  The Bostonians refused their goods and called attention to what they interpreted as crime on their liberty with a crime on Company property.  They reacted to the exploitation of globalization and called attention to it, so that the majority, unaware or unconcerned about the specifics of the situation, began to question.

    The tea was a tool of globalization that eliminated local potential and control.  That was 1773, today globalization is far more prevalent and accepted, while corresponding localization and a sense of local independence is rarer.  Independence Day is a celebration of independence of global oligarchical control.  To be independent, local empowerment is required.

    What would be the commodity to refuse today?  What goods should patriots refuse to empower locals and disengage the oligarchs of today?  There is an assortment of products that empower globalization and eliminate local infrastructure one might discontinue today.  Perhaps the most confronting and obvious commodity to refuse is corporate crops and genetically modified organisms posing as food.  Such refusal of GMO would build up local resources and eliminate globalization, which so often equates to exploitation. 

    Corporate farming operates on a large scale.  Instead of agriculture operating in cooperation with the local environment, large scale farming pollutes surrounding environments.  Raising animals in corporate conditions result in a deluge of waste with crappy consequences.  The animals are crowded together in poor living conditions with profit the number one concern and not the health of the animals or consumers.  Not only does the environment suffer, but raising animals on a large scale focused on globalization results in a breeding ground for sickness and disease.

    If there is any product that is worthy of refusal and potentially locally replaceable, it is factory farmed food.  This aspect of globalization results in a decline of locally available foods and may be partly responsible as a breeding ground for animal to human diseases, such as swine flu currently sweeping the globe.  Genetically modified organisms and factory foods in total are the commodity to refuse today.  Their unhealthy business practices result in unhealthy products, environments and people.  If there is any commodity all individuals might unite against it is unhealthy food.  Everyone wants quality food and refusing food based on practices of globalization builds localization; that is the very point of the Boston Tea Party and the Declaration of Independence. 

    We don’t want exploitive tea.  We don’t want destructive genetically modified organisms and corporate foods. 



Note:  The word influenza is from the old idea that there was some astral influence on sicknesses.  We now understand that the flu and sickness have very worldly origins, sometimes as simple as poor hygiene and lacking nutrition, not some starry influence.       

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