Vatic Note: This is up to remind us just how to free ourselves when tyranny raises its ugly head. This below was one such example and another was our revolution, where farmers, peasants, ranchers, all took on the greatest military force in the world at that time, and we won, with passion and a commitment to die fighting rather than to live as slaves to other men with no soul, conscience, humanity, or compassion. Better to be dead fighting then live the barren, rootless life of a slave/serf.
I found this history to be illuminating, since I had never read about this in history books, or anywhere for that matter. I must say that in one way, I am grateful to the bad guys.... they have provided to us an opportunity to learn about so much that neither us nor our forefathers knew anything about. I am sure my own parents would be shocked to learn of these things.
The fight for freedom has gone on for centuries and many battles have been won, in that fight. So, it is for us today, now in this new time of tyranny and repression. The end this time will be much different than it was in 1917 in the Russian revolution where the men behind the curtain won the battle. We know too much now, and it will be a lot harder then they had planned. This is a good read if you want to see the possibilies and their outcomes.
Seizing Control of Our Destinies
by Julian Rose, Farm Wars
In 1381, at a time of great repression for the British agricultural
work force, an extraordinary people’s revolutionary named Wat Tyler
sprang to his feet and announced “England should be a nation of self
governing communities” to which he added “No lord shall exercise
lordship over the people, and, as we are oppressed by so vast a hoard of
bishops and clerks, the property of the holy church should be taken and
His colleague, the priest John Ball, spoke out with equal fervour
“The lords’ claims to be more lords than we are rests solely on their
power to force us to labour that they may spend.”
A great surge of support for these proclamations swept through the
farming communities of South East England, quickly spreading further
North. The farmers took up arms – whatever appropriate implements they
could find in the farmyard – and set out on their mission to free
themselves from the wicked landlords and clerks, who between them were
taxing the life out of the farming communities throughout the land,
destroying the livelihoods of thousands of countryside families.
Many a pernicious bureaucrat was confronted by this motley army, with
the brave farmer, Wat Tyler, proudly riding at its head – and many a
selfish landlord was forced to concede his greedy rental regime and bow
to the demands of the British peasants.
And yes, blood was shed in the struggle to gain respect for basic human rights.
A great quest for liberation, justice and equality blazed amongst the
downtrodden land-workers and villagers of fourteenth century England
during those famous months of The Peasant’s Revolt. Only an act of royal
treachery finally stopped this revolution from fully undermining the
corrupted power of the State and the intransigence of King Richard II.
Why do I tell this story?
Because more than six hundred years after this peasant uprising shook
the nation, we have come full circle. Once again the call is going out
for peoples and regions under the hand of oppressive, dictatorial
regimes, to secede from the nation state and become ‘self governing
communities’. Wat Tyler’s heroic stand echoes down the ages and
nourishes the cause of non-compliance and community actions that stand
up against the ever more insidious tentacles of centralised power.
Right now there are one hundred and fifty communities in the United
States redefining their right to self govern and pushing forward their
programmes for localised renewable energy and ecological food security.
Not only this, they are also rewriting the laws that govern their
communities and declaring citizens’ charters – banning GMO’s and
initiating local seed saving actions. They are also declaring the right
to clean water and are making ‘fracking’ a criminal offence.
In the process, through collective acts of civil disobedience, they
are stripping the corporate world of its powers. These communities are
able to show how the notion that corporations have some form of
sovereign power – is a facade – how it is people who hold sovereign power, as Wat Tyler made plain all those years ago. And it is people who must again exercise that power.
All over the World such stirrings are gaining momentum. Actions to
reclaim powers usurped by that toxic cocktail of government and
corporate collusion are breaking out. If such stands are being taken in
the US heartlands of corporate and government connivance – then it
proves that the will of the people is more powerful than the will of the
hierarchical cabal whose ambition it is to control all aspects of our
lives. We should draw strong inspiration from these game changing
actions – and increase our own determination to go in the same
The time has come for all awakening individuals to hone a definite
life strategy. A strategy that puts us in the driver’s seat and empowers
us to set a new course – one imbued with creative inventiveness,
courage and mutual support.
We have arrived here because of the accumulated evidence which
overwhelmingly proves that the status quo is a fraud – designed to strip
us of our powers of judgement and the determination to act on that
judgement. There is no time for further deliberation of the pros and
cons of this or that political polemic.
It’s all a miasma. A massive
sham. A sham which we continue to uphold as long as we go on playing
along with its sense of self importance; giving it a status it does not
actually possess, and then sheltering under its poisoned wing.
Every day that goes by without putting into place a strategy to step
out of this straight-jacket – is a day wasted – a sacrificial offering
to all that is sucking the life out of humanity.
Self government starts by taking control of the self. By shaking off
the doubts about one’s capabilities and taking specific steps to enhance
one’s powers: spiritually, mentally and physically. We need to be aware
that there is no predestined design for this life that will
fatalistically play itself out while we bury our heads in the sand.
Yet we are indoctrinated to believe that there is some kind of
inevitability to the way the world lurches from crisis to crisis, war to
war. That suits the cabal very well – because it is their war
game that is being enacted on planet Earth – and the more people that
see that war game as somehow ‘inevitable’ – the longer will it go on
desecrating the fabric of life.
Just now, many are falling into the trap of declaring that we are
inevitably heading for a Third World War. But in so doing they are
merely fulfilling the ambitions of those craven agents of death whose
game design includes that scenario. Our role is not to prophecy, but to
change the goal posts so as to ensure that such horrors never take
place. That is the meaning of ‘seizing control of our destiny’. (VN: you can refuse to be a soldier in their wars and the courts will uphold that decision. The court has already ruled that "indentured Servitude" is against the Constitution and what you do if you are drafted, is to sit and when they say Stand, you stand, but when they say "now take one step forward", REFUSE AND SIT BACK DOWN. That is the way they can say you "volunteered", by asking you to take a step forward before taking the oath to serve. Your sitting is pulling back and not volunteering and they cannot force you to do what they want. INSTEAD OF FIGHTING ANY OTHER NATION, RATHER DO WAR AGAINST THE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS. THEY WALK AMONG US. If every country warred against their international bankers, all of this would be over.)
If, in spite of our efforts, such a war breaks out, it is simply
because there is insufficient energy focussed on the true path of life.
Insufficient self discipline to steer against the tide of doom. But
every person who gives in to a sense of doom when confronted by the
machinations of the war machine has failed to grasp the powers with
which they are endowed. Powers to change themselves as well as the
assumed course of events. Forging a path of truth where presently are
deserts of desolation.
Wat Tyler, and his gallant peasant followers, did not stand back and
allow repression to rule. Nor should we. He proclaimed that no
hierarchical figure should rule over and repress the people. So should
we. He called instead for England to become a nation of self governing
communities. So should we – in whatever Country we reside.
Because this is surely the only practical antidote to the super
centralisation of our lives and absolute rule by the despotic fiefdoms
of the 21st century.
Self governing communities turn out to be our most instinctual socio
economic model of survival and create the right setting for a fertile
organic expansion of the spiritual and artistic path. Because to be
‘spiritually aware’ ‘self governing’ and a ‘caring community’ is
fundamental to the growth of responsible and cohesive shared living.
Everything else that poses as a solution is already shot full of holes.
Humanity is an extended family. But as in the present tragedy which
is Jew-v-Arab, Israel-v-Palestine, this truth has been riven with lies
and ripped apart by ulterior motives. Modern ‘democracies’ are now
simply a perpetually repeating expression of this divide and conquer
holocaust. It is impossible to become awake and then continue to put
both feet back into such a deeply compromised and incongruous system as
we have today. Therefore we must change the script.
Everyone who follows my writings and the parallel concerns of others
who contribute to this site should already be concentrating themselves
on the process of building – or contributing to the building of – self
governing communities. Increasingly freed from dependence on the fallen
As the foundations of the status quo continue to crack apart, so do
the seemingly reliable sources of life dependencies to which we are
accustomed also go with them. There is no more time to sit on fences.
They are themselves rotting away underneath us and will soon turn to
We who have become ‘aware’ – are the leaders of the age. We must live
up to this reality. We know that the status quo is beyond redemption.
So we must take this knowledge to be the signal to build that which will
redeem our collective Human status; which will carry us through the
apocalypse. We know what the ingredients are that will make our arks
self sustaining. We know what we need in order to come alive again. Now
we must put them all together – for that is where they belong.
If we are to overcome that which oppresses us we must unite our
creative powers and imaginations in common affirmation of the life force
with which we are each endowed.
The quest for liberation, justice and basic equality so nobly fought
for by Wat Tyler and the peasant’s revolt six hundred years ago is now
Julian is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an international activist and author.
He is president of The International Coalition to Protect the
Polish Countryside. His widely acclaimed book “In Defence of Life” is
published by Earth Books and available on general retail and on Julian’s
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