The Father of Self-Sufficiency: John Seymour

People in our past made their differences during their time.  John Seymour is one.  I stumbled on his work while doing some research on the JRC.  For some reason their bots made some hits on my work, so I thought I would return the favor.  It’s always nice to know who is looking at my stuff [although I’m sure they look at many authors and journalists.]

Who was John Seymour?

He was an outspoken critic of how the world was turning in his day.  According to:

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“John Seymour roared through life. He had enough adventures for a dozen people and wrote more than 40 books describing and elaborating on his experiences and ideas.”

According to Wikipedia:

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I stumbled on a few interesting videos regarding his obeservations of tribal villages in Africa.  They suffered no poverty, no lack of work, and no hunger.  They were healthy, hearty, and happy.

I thought as much.  Industry runs around the world creating problems.  Then they step in and profess to be able to solve EVERYTHING.

  • They cause diseases they can fix for a hefty price.
  • They cause hunger they can fix for a hefty price.
  • They cause poverty that they can fix as long as you give up every last thing you own and live in their ‘smart cities.’

It’s Techno-Slavery.  I’ve also seen it called Techno-Feudalism.  I had a professor [decades ago] who used to rant about how we still lived in a feudalistic age.  I knew he was right and agreed with him.

Let’s listen to John Seymour here:

John Seymour: Inaugural Meeting of the Academic Inn (Part 1 of 4)

Self-sufficiency author John Seymour discusses his doubts about ‘progress’ as he defends traditional ways of farming against the onslaught of industrialisation. Chaired by John Papworth.

  • Part 1: John Seymour.
  • Part 2: High Commissioner Papua New Guinea.
  • Part 3: Oliver Smedley.
  • Part 4: John Seymour

Film produced by Jennifer Sheppard & Kate Saunders, 1st February 1983

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Below a grateful official thanks him for his country.

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John Seymour: Inaugural Meeting of the Academic Inn (Part 2 of 4)

Self-sufficiency author John Seymour discusses his doubts about ‘progress’ as he defends traditional ways of farming against the onslaught of industrialisation. Chaired by John Papworth.

  • Part 1: John Seymour.
  • Part 2: High Commissioner Papua New Guinea.
  • Part 3: Oliver Smedley.
  • Part 4: John Seymour

Film produced by Jennifer Sheppard & Kate Saunders, 1st February 1983

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Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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John Seymour: Inaugural Meeting of the Academic Inn (Part 3 of 4)

Self-sufficiency author John Seymour discusses his doubts about ‘progress’ as he defends traditional ways of farming against the onslaught of industrialisation. Chaired by John Papworth.

  • Part 1: John Seymour.
  • Part 2: High Commissioner Papua New Guinea.
  • Part 3: Oliver Smedley.
  • Part 4: John Seymour

Film produced by Jennifer Sheppard & Kate Saunders, 1st February 1983

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Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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John Seymour: Inaugural Meeting of the Academic Inn (Part 4 of 4)

Self-sufficiency author John Seymour discusses his doubts about ‘progress’ as he defends traditional ways of farming against the onslaught of industrialisation. Chaired by John Papworth.

  • Part 1: John Seymour.
  • Part 2: High Commissioner Papua New Guinea.
  • Part 3: Oliver Smedley.
  • Part 4: John Seymour

Film produced by Jennifer Sheppard & Kate Saunders, 1st February 1983

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Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use..

John Seymour (author)

https://alchetron.com/John-Seymour-(author)

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I’m impressed by John Seymour’s candor and honesty.  I’m dismayed at how the world has been perverted to serve the few.  Here’s another person from history I wish was with us today—in order to reverse this current insanity.

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But now those happy, healthy, prosperous African tribes face a terrible new adversary.  Corporate interests from other countries are stealing their homes, lands, and livestock with the help of military government officials. Sustainable development, my ass.

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The Mubende coffee plantation and the bitter taste of eviction

Coffee production comes at a cost in Africa. 4,000 Ugandans living in Mubende were forced off their land to make way for a new coffee plantation in 2001.

The Hamburg-based Neumann group, a world leading raw coffee trader, were behind the new plantation which left thousands of Africans homeless. The military razed houses and huts to the ground in four villages, destroying fields and food supplies. The forced evacuation even cost the lives of a number of locals.

While one of many cases of land-grabbing in Africa, Mubende was among the first to be properly documented. Many of those evicted lost everything they had.

With the help of human rights groups they took the Ugandan government and the Neumann concern to court. The trial was dragged out over several years, however, until a ruling was finally reached in March 2013 – in favor of the plaintiffs.

In the spring of 2015 the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural and Social Rights looked into the Mubende case, and called on the Ugandan government to restore the rights of the expelled small scale farmers. In July that year, however, the original judgment was provisionally overturned by the domestic appeals court. The case is now still pending. The victims fear they still have a long struggle ahead of them.

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John Seymour

12 June 1914 – 14 September 2004

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Download a copy of his most important book here:

The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

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John Seymour speaks:

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The Horse…


“We bought the cow because we got tired of walking a couple of miles to fetch milk. We bought the pigs to help drink all the milk the cow gave. We increased our garden to feed the cow and to feed the pigs and to use up the incredible amount of manure which came from these animals. And I could see myself condemned for the rest of my days to hard labour with a spade. And so we bought a horse.


I read a lot of advertisements for those little garden tractors. Then I went and looked at several. But I found that to get one to do any real work at all would cost cost over a hundred pounds; anything smaller would just scrabble over the ground like a dog digging for a bone. Further they make a terrible noise, and I like to hear the birds singing while I work. I think that is very important.”
 

from The Fat of the Land – published 1961

We Meet Our Neighbours

“Before I go any further I must describe how we came to meet our neighbours.

We didn’t go out of our way to meet them, and they didn’t go out of their way to meet us. But the time came when our grass was ready to be cut for hay. I can’t remember how we cut it: I think we got a contractor to do the job, and to bale it as well. We didn’t have a tractor in those days, and one horse will not pull a grass-cutter.

We had no means of carrying hay except the Fish Van, which only held about a dozen bales and there were hundreds of them. So Sally and I went out with the Fish Van, and started the laborious and apparently hopeless task of carrying hay home in little dribs and drabs.

Then we heard the noise. It was a combination of tractor engines and Welshmen singing. It got nearer, and two tractors pulling two trailers came into our field, accompanied by about a dozen people. They were singing. They had evidently been at the beer…”

from I’m a Stranger Here Myself – published 1978

Going forward…

Just as we cannot, forever, go on keeping hens in wire cages, or pigs in total darkness, or suppressing every species of life on the land except one money-making crop, so we cannot go on forever ourselves living in human battery cages and more and more distorting our environment.


It’s all going to collapse. Either the oil will run out, or the grub, or the uranium-235, or the power of man to withstand the unutterable boredom of it all, and Mankind will have to find a different way of life. And he will not go ‘back’ as many people think he will. He will go ‘forward’ to something very much sounder and better than has ever been before. And it is then that I hope that this book will prove useful.

from Self-Sufficiency – published 1973

The Living Land

You can pitch sheaves of corn any-old-how on to a wagon and then lash the load down with a rope so that the load doesn’t fall over. We needed no rope. We loaded the great Essex wagons – half up to the sky it seemed – so perfectly that the interlocking sheaves held themselves in…Our haystacks and cornricks were perfect, works of fine art. Not a wisp or a sheaf out of place, the whole thing a perfect shape, and thatched to perfection. Thatched as if it had got to stand there for ever. And not only was the work done right – it was done with a flourish. The thatch on the rick would be finished off at each end with a corn dolly. The horses would be turned out – at crack of day – with their tails and mains plaited and beribboned, their coats shining from the brush and straw-wisp… 


Every weekend I would go back, from this ethos and this tradition, to Hexham. And I came to despise everybody who was not a farm-worker! I looked at the non farm-labouring world with contempt.


I had discovered that there was another world – another ethos – another kind of man altogether, and  this discovery rendered the old world that I was used to absolutely valueless. 


For the first time I learned to value the food that I ate. To realise that every loaf of bread, every rasher of bacon, had been paid for by hard sweat and well-directed effort. And for the first time I began to look upon the land as something living, something to be respected, something holy. The basis to everything.

from On My Own Terms – published 1963 (an early autobiography)

Non Co-operation

You cannot make people good, or give them good taste, by passing laws. Interference in our private affairs never has the result that it is intended to have. The cunning and venal find ways to get around the laws, and to cash in on them, while the rest of us have to pay for it.


We should mistrust all government, all the time. The less of it the better. Until we have adminstrative units of a sufficiently human size for us to be able to exercise proper control over the servants we pay to run them, then we must reserve the right of non co-operation. The present bureaucratic moloch can only exist because of our co-operation. Withdraw this and it will crash to the ground. We don’t need to resort to violence. We don’t even need to break the law. Passive non co-operation would be enough….

… Every member of every government in the world should be made to read a copy of Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ at least once a week, and there should be a huge notice up in every council chamber and government office saying: DON’T BE PIGS.

from Bring Me My Bow – published in 1977 – from an essay ‘Nanny Knows Best’

The Age of Healing

The Age of Plunder is nearly at an end.
The Age of Healing is ready to be born.

And whether it arrives or not depends upon two people: you and me.

The Age of Plunder was the natural successor to the so-called Age of Reason: the Age in which humankind decided that it knew better than God. For 200 years now the greedy and ruthless have been plundering the planet but their time will soon be up. The whole thing is going to come crashing down.

It could not have gone on much longer anyway – because soon there will be nothing left to plunder. The forests have almost gone from the Earth, the fish of the sea are all but exhausted, the air surrounding us and the waters of the Earth will soon be able to take no more poisonous wastes and, most serious of all, the soil is going. For we soil organisms this could be terminal. As long as the oil reserves last agribusiness will be able to produce the agrichemicals needed to keep some sort of production of vitiated food going from the eroded soil, but the oil deposits – that Pandora’s Box of evil things – will soon be exhausted and then the final account, long deferred, will come up for payment. The bailiffs who present it will have strange names, like Famine, Pestilence and War.

But, thank God, maybe the old Earth will not have to wait for this to happen. The whole great edifice of international trade and finance – the whole mighty plunder-machine – is quite likely to burst like a balloon that has grown too big. The whole thing is becoming unsustainable: it has grown too huge to manage.

Owing to the incorrigible tendency towards cannibalism by the huge industrial corporations – the tendency of the bigger ones to swallow up the smaller ones – these molochs are becoming too large for humans to control or the planet to support. Ten years ago no economist would have predicted the complete collapse of the mighty Soviet machine that had engulfed half the Earth. International capitalism will follow.

It is in the nature of a limited company that it can have no responsibility either to the environment around it or to the people who work for it. It is no use blaming the directors – if they do anything that might reduce profits for the shareholders they will quickly be replaced. And the shareholders not only have no liability for debts incurred by the company – but they take no responsibility for the world of nature around them. If the directors can secure bigger profits by dumping poisons into the nearest river – they have to do this. If they do not, they will very quickly be replaced. If they can make more profit by halving the work force – they will have to do so or again they will be replaced. If both shareholders and directors suffer from that most uncapitalist thing – a conscience – to the extent that it interferes with profits – that company will be swallowed up by another giant that has no such inconvenient scruples.

One of the most dramatic effects of the Age of Plunder has been to drive most of the world’s population into vast conurbations. These huge assemblies of uprooted people, called cities, are not only ugly but also dangerous. The billions who live in them can only be kept alive by an enormous system of transport which brings water, food, power, fuel and all the necessities of life, often great distances. Any breakdown in the supply of all this would be disastrous. And the great plundering molochs of companies which run it all get fewer and fewer, and bigger and bigger, and more and more people find themselves out of work, not needed, redundant and disempowered.

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[That’s okay, John—they thought of that…]

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And meanwhile the tiny scattering of people left on the land, which is the only source of true wealth, have been forced by their paucity of numbers to resort to more and more destructive methods of producing the huge amount of food needed to sustain these billions. They have been forced to ignore the laws of husbandry, which could have retained the fertility of the soil as long as the world lasted, and farm instead with chemicals and huge machines. The soil is becoming poisoned and eroded. The only beneficiaries of this have been the huge chemical companies but they will destroy themselves in the end because they are killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

If we open our eyes, we will realize that all this is bound to come crashing down in the end. Then, in the ashes of the Age of Plunder, a new age could arise. The real New Age: the Age of Healing! We will set about it, just you and me, to heal the ravaged Earth. If we do not – if we fail – then there will not be an Age of Healing: there will be an Age of Chaos and it will not be nice.

And we do not have to wait for the end of the Age of Plunder to start the work. We must start now. And how can we – just the two of us, you and me, who are so few and disempowered – start this great work by ourselves?

Firstly, say to yourself, and I promise I will do the same, the following resolution:
“I am only one. I can only do what one can do. But what one can do I will do!”


Then consider what you can do.

Refuse to work for the plunderers. Refuse to buy their shoddy goods. Give up the ambition of living like a Texan millionaire. Boycott the Lottery, not because you think you won’t win it, but because you don’t want to win it! Refuse to shop in the plunderer’s “supermarkets”. Work, always, for a decentralist economy. Support local traders and producers – try to get what you need from as near your home as you can.

Take part in your local politics – boycott the politics of the huge scale, the remote and far-away. The current non-violent defiance of the law by people protesting against the export of live animals from Britain is a fine example of citizen-power.

Work for an economy in which land and property are fairly shared out among the people so that “everybody has enough and nobody has too much”. We must withhold our work, our custom, and our investment from plundering industry. This may cause us “financial hardship” : then we must endure “financial hardship” .

Road transport is the most destructive thing of all. If you live in a city, you do not need a car. (When you go to the country you can hire one – it’s much cheaper than owning.) If you live in the country, you may need one – use it as little as possible. Boycott most goods brought from far away. Take some trouble to find locally produced goods and buy them. Heavy road transport is enormously polluting. Oppose new road building. Building new roads never relieves traffic congestion – it simply generates more traffic. The only way of solving the traffic problem is to have less traffic.

If you possibly can, do not work for huge organizations. If we withhold our labour from them, they will wither away. (Do not be afraid that this will lose “jobs”. It will create more jobs – a multitude of small firms create more “jobs” than a few big ones).

Support local cultural activities. Boycott mass “culture” coming from countries far away. Encourage, support, and initiate, local credit and finance organizations. Buy, if you cannot grow, organically produced food. Thus you will help destroy the polluting chemical industry – and you will be healthier. Boycott, absolutely consistently,   all products that have involved cruelty to animals.

Support the local and the small-scale. I will do the same as I ask you to do. The tiny amount you and I can do is hardly likely to bring the huge worldwide moloch of plundering industry down? Well, if you and I don’t do it, it will not be done, and the Age of Plunder will terminate in the Age of Chaos. We have to do it – just the two of us – just you and me. There is no “them” – there is nobody else. Just you and me. On our infirm shoulders we must take up this heavy burden now – the task of restoring the health, the wholeness, the beauty and the integrity of our planet. We must start the Age of Healing now! Tomorrow will be too late.

from The Age of Healing first published in Resurgence magazine

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So says John Seymour from beyond the grave.

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The more of us who do this; the more they can’t ignore us.

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  1. thank you. I am afraid the only way they will let us settle on land is if we are compost. I think in the end we will all be required to take part in our survival. I do not see how most will survive what is to come economically. Even if everyone started to grow and live off the land it would take years to perfect the crop. Most people know nothing about growing or eating out of the wild. Thank you.

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    1. Like I said,

      “…I stumbled on his work while doing some research on the JRC. For some reason their bots made some hits on my work, so I thought I would return the favor. ”

      So you can thank the European Union’s JRC

      https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/joint-research-centre_en

      for this delicious find. I don’t know why John Seymour was connected to searches regarding their organization except for he seemed to stand completely against much of what they promote.

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  2. Very thoughtful and extremely informative post, Joyce. I can always count on you for in-depth, truthful research. I knew nothing of John Seymour before and am pleased you have decided to share this information. I agree with much of his (and your) thinking. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We CAN do this. Awareness is also often the first step. Warmest wishes to you and gratitude for your continued diligence and love of humanity.

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