Originally posted on Mato's Blog:

The following text started as a reply to a comment and as it grew and grew I decided to publish it as a blog post.

Dear Pamela, thank you for your comment!

I completely agree with your citation of “noli illegitimi carborundum” (don’t let the bastards grind you down), but I don’t share your opinion that it doesn’t matter how much we simplify our lives and that it doesn’t matter how little we have chosen to consume.

It is correct that the idiots who continue to waste the dwindling resources will not be impressed by examples of a modest and sustainable lifestyle. But they are depending on various social, political, economic networks and distribution systems which only function when a certain part of the population is willing to participate.

If enough people drop out of these systems and create their own local organizations the old economic, political, and…

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