posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 08:17 PM
Originally posted by Fiberx
reply to post by DerekJR321
Through all accusations there is one thing that 99% of Americans have lost touch with.
To a very large extent we are willing partners in the greed.
As a people, if we organize as groups, we can decide the destiny of these corporations.
Don't like Exxon? Refuse to buy their products. Drive as little as possible and watch prices fall. Organize the closing of a few million BofA
accounts in one day... Watch them collapse. Organize class action lawsuits.
Consumers have the ultimate power of life or death over these entities, it just requires cooperation, which we really suck at in this nation where
most people barely know their neighbors.
In early 2009 Americans drove 3 billion miles less in a month than the same month in 2008. Oil promptly dropped 100 points!
If consumers set standards for price and refuse to pay more, the seller either lowers the price or goes out of business... If they collapse, someone
with a better model WILL replace them, period.
That's the power of an intelligent consumer class, life or death!
Fiberx, entirely agree with you - and I am one of those that would happily join such a movement (and have). However when I express myself and these
feelings to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, others online, anyone - there is always a shared, dull sentiment of "that's a great idea, and
you're right...but nothing will ever change, so why inconvenience myself..."
You're right that Americans are HORRIBLE at both cooperation and organization. Not just the average citizen of course, hell just look at our
political fiasco right now. Congress vs. the White House, the entire system is a joke, nothing can get accomplished, and the result is the fleecing
of the middle class and the plummeting of our economy.
With regard to organizing and boycotting gasoline companies, closing BoA accounts, etc, people are just too scared. They're too scared they'll lose
their job if they don't go to work a few days, too scared of any ramifications, and so any such movement just fizzles into nothing. This government
and the corporate power-brokers have our populous exactly where they want them; existing as scared, weak, timid creatures.