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Sunday, November 07, 2004

Hit 'em where it hurts!

Their wallets! As I suggested on Friday, one way that many liberals/progressives can fight back against the red-staters is in how we spend our money. As I suggested then, Cyndy at Mousemusings has started a campaign of sorts to help us figure out how we can best direct our money in ways that will get us our country back. On Friday she provided a list of the 25 top corporate contributors to the Republican party from 1999 to 2003. Boycotting these swine is obviously a place to start.

Today Cyndy links to a Michael Ruppert article on the subject of reshaping the economy in OUR image. Here's a brief excerpt:
Perhaps now disillusioned Kerry supporters will take a second look at what FTW has been teaching for years.

* Get out of debt.
* Spend your money and time on things that give you energy and provide you with useful information.
* Stop spending a penny with major banks, news media and corporations that feed you lies and leave you exhausted.
* Learn how money works and use it like a weapon.

It is already becoming clear that as Peak Oil becomes a stark reality, survival will become a place-based, local phenomenon. Local economies, to the degree that they exist and are flourishing will provide strength to resist what is coming. Everyone who sees this essay should compare the return on investment they got with the election against something that offers more payoffs, an opportunity to become real, independent actors on the fields of their own lives.
And, in what I'm guessing will become a regular feature at Mousemusings: concrete steps that you can take every week to focus YOUR money on the forces of good and not the forces of evil (#%$@&*! Bush--he's got me talking like him--except I mean him when I say "evil"). This week's steps:
To Do: Join a local Credit Union this week. Close and move your other accounts to the credit union. Why? Credit Unions are member owned, not for profit and support the local community.
To Read: The Two Income Trap: Why Lenders Want you to Live Beyond Your Means by Dave Pollard
I've got lots more to add, and I will be doing so a lot from now on on this blog.

PS: The key to success of these strategies is in getting lots of people involved. Both Cyndy and I have easy e-mail links on our blogs--the little envelope at the bottom of every post. Just click on the envelope, and an e-mail will be prepared for sending to whomever you want to receive it!