Oh, I’m so glad I’m not involved with that other bunch. I mean, look at them. What a palaver! It’s hard enough, cutting the rice, thrashing and winnowing – I have no idea what these words mean, but it makes me feel smart when I drop them into conversation, although what the point is in dropping them into a conversation I’m having with myself, I can’t begin to imagine. And then bagging the grain up into these sacks; but these mugs are queueing up to have it weighed and measured, then they have to go to some moron with a camera – glorified paparazzi if you ask me – and have their photo taken. I mean, why have their photo taken? What’s that all about? This is harvesting, not a beauty pageant!
It was never like this before. Before the glorious bloody people’s bloody revolutionary bloody party took over. Out here in the sticks, the people were already in charge. We decided when to harvest; we decided how to do it; we took our own produce to market and we agreed prices with the people who wanted to buy our grain.
Now, though, everything has been claimed in the name of the people; in the name of the glorious, liberating revolution. Now, all we have is rules, targets, collectives and bloody photographs!
Who are the people in whose name all this is being done? We are; or so they tell us. The people; that’s us, in case you were getting confused; already owned the means of production, the paddies, and the means of distribution, the markets. Now, it is all regulated and controlled by central government, supposedly for the benefit of the people; the people who already owned and controlled it anyway.
What people would that be benefiting, then? Certainly not us. We were doing okay. I say were, ‘cos we sure as Hell aren’t now. Buyers are paying more than they used to for our grain, but we are getting a fraction of what we did. Why? To support the machinery of government hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres away.
And don’t get me started on paperwork!
I wrote this in response to Kreative Kue 49, issued on this site earlier this week. Feel free to join in; just follow the link.