A term coined in 1985 by an unnamed staffer of the Reagan administration was "Starve the Beast". This referred to a fiscally conservative political strategy to cut government spending by paying less in taxes. So, in the original sense, "the Beast" was the government, and people were to starve said beast by spending less and using loopholes to pay less in taxes.
Now the Beast is a whole lot bigger.
These days the Beast has a lot more tentacles than just the government.
These mega-corporations aren't there to make our lives better or easier. They're there to make as much money as possible and they'll run you over if you get in their way.
(Please note that there are Amazon links in this article to show you the books I recommend. You may be able to find these books from local sellers.)
When I first wrote this article in 2013, Big Tech wasn't quite as prevalent. I've added some recommendations from the comments over the years to expand this list.
Perhaps more of us need to starve the beast.
Is it convenient to starve the beast and avoid doing business with mega-corporations or to work around funding endless wars that kill and maim our young people while enriching the Military-Industrial Complex?
No, but it's time.
It's time for another financial revolution - one where people group together and use the power of the pocketbook to starve all the arms of this Beast that would swallow us whole. If we vote with our dollars, eventually there will, of necessity, be a paradigm shift that returns us to simpler days, when families who were willing to work hard could make a living without selling their souls to the corporate monoliths.
Every penny you spend with small local businesses is a penny that the big box stores won't have. Everything that you buy secondhand or barter for is an item on which you won't pay sales tax. Disassociate yourself completely with "the system" that is making Western civilization broke, overweight and unhealthy.
Here are 55 ways to starve the Beast.
Starve the Beast by taking as many of these steps as possible...
Get an old-fashioned flip phone while you still can.
Drive an older car without GPS tracking.
Use a VPN like ExpressVPN to keep your location information masked on your electronic devices.
Avoid adding surveillance technology such as Ring or Nest to your home.
Will these activities save America from corporatism and government overreach? Maybe not, but at least you'll be doing your small part to rebel. Like David fighting Goliath, we are small but we are mighty enemies.