Guest Post: Tune In, Turn On, Opt Out

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

What happens to everyone in the ruling Elites and those desperately trying to join the ruling Elites when the debt-serfs stop paying and the tax donkeys drift away to lower-cost, lower-income lifestyles?

Turn on, tune in, drop out was a famous slogan of the 1960s counterculture popularized by Timothy Leary, who stated that slogan was "given to him" by Marshall McLuhan during a lunch in New York City in 1966.
Tune in referred to gaining an awareness of the countercultural spectrum of ideas and values, turn on referred to mind-expansion via psychedelics and drop out meant to drop out of conventional society; Leary later explained that "drop out meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change."
In 1967, Leary modified the slogan thusly: Drop out. Turn on. Drop in.
Here at, the slogan has been updated to Tune In, Turn On, Opt Outtune in means to become aware the status quo is unsustainable and deranging; turn on means to become engaged in self-reliance and taking control of one's life and livelihood, and opting out means opting out of supporting our financialized cartel-state Neofeudal Debtocracy by being a compliant debt-serf and tax donkey.
People all over the world are tuning in to alternative narratives, turning on to self-reliance and low-cost/low-impact living and opting out of the status quo culture of consumerism, debt and complicity with a parasitic, exploitive financial-state Aristocracy/Plutocracy/Oligarchy/Kleptocracy (take your pick--it's still the same rapacious Elite whatever name you choose).
The most direct path to an alternative way of living is to opt out of debt and the associated consumerist fantasies of store-bought selfhood: multiple university degrees, brand name clothing, luxury autos, etc. This renunciation of consumerist consumption and debt is called Degrowth (May 9, 2013).
Once you opt out of debt and excess consumption, you need a lot less money to live; that means one can work less and have more time for family, gardening, self-cultivation, entrepreneurial enterprises, etc.
For many, the cash economy and generous state benefits beckon. I am not recommending any particular lifestyle or set of choices here, I am simply stating what can easily be observed in any developed nation should you remove the mainstream media/state propaganda blinders: people are earning their livelihood in the informal cash economy, avoiding VAT and sales taxes, and many are drawing some sort of state benefit for one reason or another: unemployment, disability, early retirement, etc.
Others are occupying housing units without paying rent or the mortgage, i.e. squatting. A tide of squatters spreads in Spain in wake of foreclosures:

A 285-unit apartment complex in Parla, less than half an hour’s drive from Madrid, should be an ideal target for investors seeking cheap property in Spain. Unfortunately, two thirds of the building generates zero revenue because it’s overrun by squatters.“This is happening all over the country,” said Jose Maria Fraile, the town’s mayor, who estimates only 100 apartments in the block built for the council have rental contracts, and not all of those tenants are paying either. “People lost their jobs, they can’t pay mortgages or rent so they lost their homes and this has produced a tide of squatters.”

As I have ceaselessly explained here for years, this is the inevitable result of financialization and state-enforced rentier arrangements in a Neofeudal Debtocracy:
What happens to everyone in the ruling Elites and those desperately trying to join the ruling Elites when the debt-serfs stop paying and the tax donkeys drift away to lower-cost, lower-income lifestyles? The ruling kleptocratic financiers and the vast political class of toadies, lackeys, apparatchiks and grifters that do their bidding will be like a bloated general staff who finds their malnourished army of conscripts has slipped away into the night; their parasitic empire will implode because nobody is left to do their bidding.
If you think Tune In, Turn On, Opt Out sounds ludicrous, check back in four years (2017) and eight years (2021) and see how many of your fellow debt-serfs and tax donkeys have quietly abandoned the bloated cost-structure, debt and derangement of the Neofeudal Debtocracy's twisted consumerist dream.
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Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:17 | 3573190 Spastica Rex
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I've been there for three years, and it's groovy!

It's also a bit cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:20 | 3573196 Doubleguns
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Wood stove, deep pond.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:56 | 3573308 Sofa King Confused
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I stopped using toilet paper to help out Venezuela

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:02 | 3573324 SafelyGraze
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You can easily and cheaply make your own. I made enough to last a few years about 8 months ago. It's really great for the skin. Much better than commercial paper, and it compared favorably with fiat papers I had borrowed in the past.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:28 | 3573415 giggler123
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God gave you hand for that; well so my Indian colleges tell me.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:59 | 3573527 merizobeach
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It's a funny thing about toilet paper: if you got shit on your hand, would you be content to wipe it off with a tissue?  Of course not: you would wash your hand.  But for some reason, the tissue is sufficient when you've got shit on your ass?

Thailand ass-sprayer all the way.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:12 | 3573564 Dave Thomas
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You also need a lot less toilet paper if your bowels aren't crammed with Big Macs.

Ask me, I know.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:39 | 3573680 Headbanger
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So far out dude!  I've been surviving on 30 year old Twunkies and cheap tequla for years now.

Did you see my bong anywhere?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:54 | 3574004 Minburi
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It's one of the main reasons why I moved to Bangkok 17 years ago and never looked back.  

(To see if I needed another wipe)

The standard ass spray hose is one of the best aspects of Thailand.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:33 | 3573432 new game
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i stopped thinking to help out the fed.

i stopped spending to help china

i stopped giving a shit to help out me...

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:05 | 3573547 BeetleBailey
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I shower after I shit...fuck the Mexicans

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:26 | 3573869 Thoth
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Shitting is for savages, i dropped that habit.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:24 | 3573204 SafelyGraze
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amen, bro

haven't showered in weeks

take *that*, soap and shampoo cartel

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:28 | 3573217 tmosley
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You can easily and cheaply make your own soap.  I made enough to last a few years about 8 months ago.  It's really great for the skin.  Much better than commercial soaps, and it compared favorably with homemade soaps I had bought in the past.

And it soaps up like crazy even in my shitty hard water.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:35 | 3573237 Pool Shark
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Looks like you got junked by a Proctor & Gamble rep...


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 23:34 | 3577190 Blythes Master
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Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:56 | 3573303 Freddie
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How do you make soap?  You know many of the baby boomers were filthy hippes who never used soap and have become the greatest scamming generation.

The Baby Boomers and seniors are in for a Hope & Change suprise but many of them voted for it.  The you who voted for the Free Shit army are just as bad.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:07 | 3573340 WillyGroper
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First step is to be sure and add water to your sodium hydroxide not the other way around.




Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:10 | 3573345 SafelyGraze
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how to make soap:

is similar to making a security

spoiler: a worker painstakingly forms and polishes bricks of cleanliness that become municipal bonds

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:09 | 3573348 indygo55
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Did't Tyler show us how to make soap in the movie?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:24 | 3573403 Colonel Klink
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What movie?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:40 | 3573463 General Decline
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The empire strikes back.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:34 | 3573656 Colonel Klink
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Gotcha, because that's one we can talk about.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:14 | 3573370 yabyum
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Coming from  a old hippy, blow it out your unhappy ass Freddie.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:00 | 3573533 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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easy know.... don't need to raise your blood pressure...

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:48 | 3573698 Freddie
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Don't be bitter bro because your too many LSD trips blew out your prostate.  Not my fault.  

And I always hated that bagel boy LBJ who started Vietnam raging with his fake Gulf of Tonkin BS.   While Jim's dad the Admiral ran Task Force Bull Shit in the Gulf of Tonkin that night. 

Hopefully LBJ and McNamara are burning in hell with most of trust fund babies of The Grateful Dead.

All your shitty American hippy bands with the children of intel and CIA agents or military industrial complex stooges.

Especially that fat f**king phony David Crosby.  Old wealthy American family totally connected to CIA.    That c**t Joan Baez old man ran CIA's cy-ops programs.   These were the hippies heroes!

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 21:07 | 3574845 The Kludge
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Your statements of fact seem to trump "Blow it out your ass".

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:48 | 3573709 greatbeard
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>> blow it out your unhappy ass Freddie.

I have to concur with that thought.  Old Fred is one miserable fuck.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:05 | 3573332 WillyGroper
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Ha---I do the same. My favorite commercial soap (Favorito) with 3% shea butter is $17.50 a bar. I can make a ton of it with 30% shea, dirt cheap.

Better quality hands down. 

Started making laundry soap too. Screw P & G. This stuff is great in extremely hard well water. 

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:22 | 3573390 This just in
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Rinse your hair every day, and you'll find that you don't even need shampoo.  No joke.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:58 | 3573524 dark_matter
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I think you meant beard, not hair.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:13 | 3573568 tmosley
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I tried that once, but found my hair got too oily after two days.  Better to wash it every other day, if you want pretty hair.

But IDGAF, so I wash it every day.  Oily hair feels gross.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:36 | 3573665 bonderøven-farm ass
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My wife and I stopped using shampoo about a decade ago.  Usually, a thorough cleansing/scrubbing of the scalp every 2-3 days with vinegar is all you need.  Rinse and repeat a couple of times.  Dandruff free and tangle-free locks.  

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 16:44 | 3574222 jimmytorpedo
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I haven't used shampoo or deodorant in 20 years.

You just have to go 3 or 4 weeks until your body re-normalizes.

My hair is never greasy and I don't stink, even after slinging hay bales for 10 hours a day.

Disclaimer- I am not a hippy

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 18:07 | 3574430 Race Car Driver
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> Oily hair feels gross.

Real men have short hair and don't worry about how it 'feels'.


Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:14 | 3573579 Dave Thomas
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Or just run a bar of soap through it. F-U Pert Plus!

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:29 | 3573396 Freddie
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Well what do you use?  Peanut shells or something?  Flower petals?  I don't have to kill a horse or nothin do i?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:19 | 3573603 Freddie
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Thanks bro.  Is it really cheaper?   I thought some of the old hippies here were "bogarting" the knowledge like "the man" does. 


Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:21 | 3573847 WillyGroper
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Bogarting Google Freddie. 

The knowledge & prostates went out with the LSD.


Fri, 05/17/2013 - 21:47 | 3574930 Seer
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I think it not fair to lump self-sufficient types under some vague "hippies" umbrella.

My wife made a ton of soap.  She even renders lard (free pig fat).  Recently she made a nice little brick chimney stove that she uses for rendering- lots of wood debris available: we're going to build an outdoor brick oven (it's a kit- I'm not That industrious!).  She grew up in the Philippines, I don't think they'd ever had "hippies" there.

If one could only have one book it should be Carla Emmery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living.

Word of the day: Saponification.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:31 | 3573425 Dr. Eldon Tyrell
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The yard stick of civilization.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:51 | 3573722 Freddie
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? Soap or Nexus 6 Replicants?

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:09 | 3573555 Village-idiot
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Stop shaving too! Gillette etc. will hate you, but you'll be a lot healthier with a reduced chance of getting the flu.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 15:51 | 3573993 Umh
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Fri, 05/17/2013 - 16:14 | 3574092 Doubleguns
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Yep if your hands cant reach around to your face you are less likely to get the flu. BIG beard. /s

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:30 | 3573225 emersonreturn
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i call it Bankocracy.  and opted out three years ago as well.  i haven't a credit card, pay cash, never keep anything in the bank, stash physical, steer clear of facebook and cell phones, and media television, enjoy a walk along the beach more than a day spent in traffic looking to buy the latest bauble.  i sincerely practise charity rather than 'donating' cash to interest rates and bank fees.  life is good when you are no longer a banker's serf. 

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:34 | 3573235 gaoptimize
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"The seasons’ difference, as the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter’s wind,
Which when it bites and blows upon my body
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile, and say
’This is no flattery. These are counsellors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.’

-Duke Senior form Shakespear's "As You Like It"

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 12:36 | 3573239 yogibear
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It's freedom.

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