Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Silent Production - The Beauty of People Power: Stable, Distributed Small-scale Production in the Philippines


SYNOPSIS
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Quick examples of Philippine success that the West can learn from as confidence wanes in public entities and reverts to  private (self) hands.

A major strength of the Philippines is it's distributed small-scale production.  This promotes low-level competition that result in lower prices, maximum efficiency (despite lack of economies of scale), decreases energy demands (reliance on people power), and ensures supply stability (no single point of failure, or "too big to fail" nonsense).  It alleviates stress on the environment by distributing the load over a wider area.  Small-scale operations often result in a lower statistically-speaking quality of life (less income, less material-wealth), but constrast the "statistics" to the benefits of a society largely self-governed by self-reliant people in the time-tested extended-family structure - in my opinion, this is a far higher quality of life and truer definition of freedom.

ANIMALS/MEAT
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There is no lawn mower industry (ironic for a lush tropical environment?), the land alongside roads are finely manicured by individually maintained/attended grazing cows and goats.  The "family cow" way of life is alive - it implies distributed small-scale self-reliant production.  Constrast this to the massive monolithic farms sheltering animals in concrete buildings fed nearly entirely on man-made feeds - poor creatures with little room to move, injected with growth hormones to maximize the bulk of a fatty meat (little natural movement or food), injected with medicines to compensate for their poor environment.  Their meat then processed by machines, washed with chemicals, packed in oil-derived products, trucked long distances and eventually served up for sale.

Meat is ultra fresh and lean here.  The animals are largely transported by "runners" or a motorcycle with a cage attached.  All production is within a few miles of the city center.  The meat is far from watered down or fatty - it has a concentrated taste to it.  There is no question what type of meat it is.  It is of unmatched quality, from my own experiences.  A family largely relies on their name ("brand") and the integrity of few other things (if anything) is more important.

FRUITS & VEGETABLES
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Fruit and vegetable production is by the sack from individual families rather than by the truck from mono-crop farms (with all the problems of large-scale production - picked unripened, use of chemical pesticides/fertilizers/ripeners, hauled long distances, unsustainablility, reliance on debt/etc).

Picking is down by local family laborer's usually without any machine assistance.  Fruits and vegetables, especially coconuts, are largely hauled by water buffalo (who also plow the land) or cow in simple bamboo sleds or trailers.

Environmentally friendly sustainable distributed production.  No such thing as "too big to fail".  A vast network of production by the people (individual extended families), rather than monopolized purely for-profit corporations.

CORPORATIONS
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Corporations are like other large institutions (church, politics/etc), they attract a certain type of class that, over time, strays from it's usual original genuinely-good intentions.

This straying is characterized/driven by: greed, pyramiding/concentration of power, tendancy for social-elites (big mouth, small brain) to bubble up to top.  While sometimes this group will include great leaders, the vast majority only amount to greedy psychopaths myopically focused on squeezing more production on a short-term basis regardless of long-term consequences.

This system is by design, where what you did last year is meaningless - this creates a non-cumulative society for the majority.  It can be seen at a high level by quarterly earnings reports of corporations - where all eyes are focused entirely on "this 3 months".  It can be seen in politics in our 2/4 yr cycles that encourage a "better steal all I can while I am here for this short-period" attitude.  These people care little about "down the road", only the road that leads to their own establishments.

The system becomes so infested with cancer-like behavior that it becomes difficult for honest corporations to survive without also cheating.  This leads to my final thought: there is a time to trust the public (corporations) and a time to trust yourself (private) - this sine wave-like cycle of pyschology creates the push/pull of consciousness - pushing it forward in a 3 steps forward, 2 steps back fashion.  At this time, we cannot trust public corporations or most types of institutions, it is time to reduce dependencies on the system (for energy, water, food, materials, labor, services, law & order/etc).

This power is to be returned to the people.  This cycle can be seen over and over in history - a "dark age" that will later blossom into a creative artistic renaissance.  A review of Martin Armstrong's PI 8.6 year public/private wave theories helps to understand this growth/decay process.

CONCLUSION
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The Philippines, despite it's "3rd world country" status, is a model for many things the West has forgotten and needs to re-rememeber quickly.  It is clear that "too big to fail" large-scale monopolized production promotes instability and price increases.  The vicious cycle of socializing losses and privatizing gains always results in the destruction of the system.  

The Philippines can move mountains, silently - without machine, without corporations, without massive engineering, middle/upper "management".  It's a state of mind, an awakening/realization that cohesive individuals have far more power than elites.  The divide and conquer tactics must be dispelled, the illusions shattered, the disinfo recognized, the old knowledge made new, the most important unit of organization healed - the extended family.

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