DOWN TO EARTH – A Guide to Home Economics

A significant letter in itself from Frances Hutchinson and accompanying reference to the re-publishIng of a 2013 booklet ‘DOWN TO EARTH – A Guide to Home Economics. 

Dr Frances Hutchinso
Willow Bank Nurseries, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5AN

The Machine Stops: “I find an eerie comparison with our situation today under these government restrictions forcing us into our own homes and discouraging human contact. There seems to me to be an unbelievable amount of mass compliance based on government projected fear and an abdication of individual common sense. Why is this so?” Ros Cunningham, September 2020

Dear Reader,
We draw your attention to the words printed on the back cover of the enclosed booklet Down to Earth. Those words remain as relevant now as when the booklet was published in 2013. From that time until lockdown we continued to publish The Social Artist (incorporating The Social Crediter) carrying news of publications available for private and group study on the economics, politics and culture of the threefold commonwealth. Our current policy is to encourage the study-reading of hard copy books and periodicals.

To that end, we have placed a series of essays and reprinted articles on the ESSAYS and SOCIAL ART pages of the website We have added an extensive bibliography of key texts published over the past century that modern technology makes available for purchase over the internet. The Machine Stops, for example, can be reviewed electronically on the website prior to purchase in book form through normal publishing and second­hand channels.

The quest is for an end to waged (and salaried) slavery, an end to the politics of confused reality, and an end to the culture of technological materialism. What does that all mean? It means that working for money, and spending that income on the necessities of life, leaves us no time to attend to that growing sense of unease at our failure to care for Mother Earth and the human casualties of an unsustainable financial system. It means we must therefore seek to create a sustainable social order based upon the politics of equality, the economics of cooperation and a responsibly free culture.

The first step is to review the current reality.

The economics of waged slavery:
By routinely accepting money as a reward for work, men and women have become wage slaves of the machine. For all but a handful of the people, the choice is stark: train for a job or profession that has a money wage or salary attached to it, fulfil the duties demanded by the over-arching, incomprehensible, centralised economic system and don’t waste time asking impossible questions.

The politics of confused reality:
When people spend a large part of their lives immersed in computer screens, absorbing the imagery, sounds and messages of the mass technology media, the imagery begins to seem like life itself.

The culture of technological materialism:
In dystopian fiction (The Machine Stops and 1984) we find that electronic communication technologies have become the instrument of routine training sessions for human emotions, with the constant juxtaposition of the images of Good vs. Bad. Print media are eliminated, so that without such written records the past becomes a manufactured creation of the present.

Throughout history, indigenous peoples have secured the basic necessities of life from the natural world, using skills and knowledge handed down from generation to generation. Presently, the vast majority of urban dwellers obtain their basic needs through the money system. No money, no food, clothing or shelter.

The question then arises – where does the money come from? It certainly does not grow on trees. As the present Government is demonstrating, money can be made and dispensed by the powers-that-be, according to the rules that they create. There is no earthly reason why that money should not be paid directly, as an money income, to every man, woman and child. A national or citizen’s income is justified because the natural world belongs to every citizen of the planet. And, furthermore, the common cultural heritage of accumulated skills and knowledge belongs to all. It cannot rightly be owned by powerful individuals or corporations. To access the vast literature available on this and related topics see

I look forward to hearing from you,
Frances Hutchinson
7 November 2020

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