The more I hear about the Occupy Wall Street movement that’s happening, and especially the “We Are The 99%” piece that’s come out of it, the more hope I have for this country (even while it breaks my heart.) It’s imperative that we have a voice, an inclusive & united voice to counteract this Tea Party nonsense that threatens the very fibers of our existence on this planet. It’s hard to not feel hopeless when the only politician who seems to care / is outside the money game is Bernie, when voting seems like a joke, and when the corporations feel like a juggernaut that will crush us all to make a buck.
But rather than occupying Wall Street, I find that my impulse is to abandon it. Occupy my own damn street? Sure. Wall Street? They can keep it. I’m swapping my big bank account from California for a locally run one that’s entirely self contained without outside interests. I’ll keep choosing local, handmade, secondhand, and independent companies for my purchases, keep looking for ways to barter and create alternative economies. At this point, it’s not just a statement, it’s a safety net. We need to build a system of likeminded people & support, resources for self sustainability, food swaps and co-operatives. Yeah, I’m not going to die wealthy, but I think I’m ok with that. I’m still working and doing what I need to do to survive (vs my crazy anarchist teen years) & have a family. But I want to do it with my own rules. I know it’s not that simplistic, but it’s what I can do.
And yeah, the Koch bros. are making way more off selling petrochemical equipment to Iran than they are selling me some Brawny paper towels, but at least I feel like I can do something by taking myself out of their game as much as I can.
The corporations are going to do everything they can to make you think you need the shit they’re selling.
DON’T BUY IT.