I was attracted to the Transition movement from the outset because it was positive, collaborative, community based, and focused on creating a better world. But Michael Ruppert of CollapseNet recently published this sobering and somewhat frightening reminder that not everyone is going to see it that way, and that any time you go against the status quo you will inevitably draw detractors, some of whom may not be content to simply "debate" you, but may perhaps find more direct ways to express their opposition.
There's seldom a day that goes by when I don't thank whatever gods there may be that I live in Canada, and not the U.S. As Naomi Wolf has pointed out in her talk "12 Steps of the Fascist Shift", the United States has left democracy and freedom behind a long time ago, and of those 12 steps, eleven have come to pass for sure, and the twelfth is only a matter of time, and may already have happened as well. "Freedom" is now the freedom to be, as Howard Beale of the 1976 move Network put it, "two-hundred-odd million transistorized, deodorized, whiter-than-white, steel-belted bodies, totally unnecessary as human beings and as replaceable as piston rods." Democracy is the freedom to vote for a right-wing presidential candidate, or a far-right-wing presidential candidate, neither of whom wield any real power, having relinquished it to the corporatist plutocracy a long time ago. It is vitally important, for the continued functioning of this rapidly-unravelling, fundamentally unviable system, that we be, not citizens, or active participants in our communities, but consumers. That's our role. To keep the global, corporate economy going by buying things. As I said, Canada isn't the U.S. and I am grateful for that, but there are powerful fources at work trying to draw us closer and closer to the U.S. model, and it's working.
By participating in the transition movement, you are undermining that entire system. By supporting local, independent food producers instead of Cargill and Monsanto and Nestle and PepsiCo, by growing your own food instead of buying it, by repairing something instead of throwing it away and getting a new one, by walking or biking instead of using your car, by reducing your ecological footprint by simplifying your lifestyle, you are driving an--admittedly tiny, at this point, but growing--spike into the heart of the corporate economy. And don't think it isn't being noticed.