Chavez calls for radical simplicity!

I second this suggestion. I’ve been thinking about the bums I see all over Hawaii with their shopping cart’s filled with possessions. These people chain themselves to their shit. They have to watch it, transport it, cover it with tarps, and can only go where they can take it. I don’t htink it is a very different reality than that which we all put ourselves through…how much stuff do you have that you never use? How much stuff is sitting around that you haven’t touched in a year? I’ve always enjoyed the dirtbag manifesto and try to implement parts of it into my life, like anything, you have to make it fit, but for me the most important part is that if you have something and you don’t use it, get rid of it. Give it away. Downsize people. Trust me, you’ll enjoy walking around more if you don’t have to go back and get that shopping cart full of things you don’t really need.
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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told his supporters to give away possessions they do not need such as an extra refrigerator because he only wants true socialists to be members of a new single party he is forming.
“Whoever has a fridge they do not need, put it out in the village square. Whoever has a truck, a fan or a cooker they do not need, give something away. Let’s not be selfish. I demand you do it,” Chavez said at a milk producing cooperative, in remarks released on Monday.
Chavez, who calls capitalism an evil, said he would donate $250,000 (127,000 pounds) of his own money and added, “Let’s see who follows the example.”
The anti-U.S. president who calls Cuban leader Fidel Castro his mentor denies he is turning the OPEC nation of avid consumers into another communist state as his critics say.
But since coming to power in 1999, Chavez has proposed increasingly radical steps to drive Venezuela toward a socialist state and, after a landslide re-election late last year, he declared himself for the first time a communist.
Chavez, who rules by decree, has focused his political ambitions this year on forming a single party from the hodgepodge of affiliations that have traditionally supported him in what he says is his crusade against U.S. imperialism.
Officials say millions of followers have signed up to be members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela that Chavez plans to use as a platform to govern the country for decades.
“If I were to end up with only five people signing up out of those 5 million, I’d be happier,” Chavez said on Sunday in remarks that were distributed on Monday by the government and published in the local media.
“I only want to be accompanied by true socialists,” he said.
Chavez’s critics complain his constant railing against U.S.-promoted consumerism contrasts with the behaviour of senior government officials who can be seen dining out at fancy restaurants or riding around in expensive cars.