Friday, March 18, 2016
Two Ways to Fight the Crony Capitalist Corporatocracy
I believe it was the NYT best-selling author, John Perkins, who coined the term "Corporatocracy" some years ago. [See the book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.] There's no question that we live in and under the Rule of Corporatism...in government, in international matters, in the Financialization Movement, and even in social matters. Some people are fighting back...peacefully.
Here are two admittedly small ways---specific methods---to fight the Corporatocracy. I'm of the philosophy that every little bit eventually helps.
1. Boycott Apple Computer. No, not because of the FBI thing...Apple happens to be correct in that case. Boycott them because that company doesn't make one single product in the USA. All those manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas by Apple. That won't change until we Americans show the company that there's a painful price to pay for such action.
In Apple's defense and in fairness, I must point out that corporations are required by law (thanks a lot Dems & Repubs) to maximize profits for their shareholders. But here's the thing--- forcing them via boycott to bring manufacturing back here (thus paying higher wages & reducing profits) is far better for them than reducing sales by a significant percentage...or going bankrupt. Is Apple the only company manufacturing out-of-country? Of course not. Let's identify the others and do the same to them. Politicians aren't doing anything about it; it's up to We the People.
2. Start raising a significant portion of your own food. See the "Urban Homestead" documentaries & interviews on YouTube...6,000 pounds of food per year on 1/10th of an acre...the guy is a genius. So, too, are his family members. For specific instructions on Container Gardening (Indoor/Deck/Porch/Patio/Balcony Gardening), see my clips on same at youtube.com/user/scotthaley12 .
This is a way to tell Monsanto and other gross companies to go to hell. Same thing for Mega Corporate Factory Farm Agriculture and Mega Corporate Food Manufacturers. In conjunction with raising a good portion of your own food, patronize local farms and farmers' markets in your area. Even in big cities, you should be able to find some sort of Farmers' Market Co-op or the like. Years ago, there was a Movement whose theme was "Small is Beautiful". It is.
This is how you fight Corporatism---through boycotts and one yard/deck/balcony/porch/patio at a time. It's not flashy, it takes time, and perhaps small sacrifices...but it can be effective if enough people do it. If we don't restore the dominance of Manufacturing over Financialization in this great Land, the Middle Class will completely disappear and those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder will be forever condemned to poverty.
Not only my opinion. Be Well