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kiranon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 11:56 AM
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36. Join together and buy a lot of shares in a single corporation and change it.
Get voting control over large pension funds and use that leverage to prevent corporate funding of politicians who seek to ruin this democracy.
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  -Concerned about corporations buying elections? Then quit funding corps... with your money. villager  Jan-21-10 10:25 AM   #0 
  - Hi, I'm your Walmart candidate! Vote for me!  ChairmanAgnostic   Jan-21-10 10:27 AM   #1 
  - unless you own a small subsistance farm, you give to corps  NightWatcher   Jan-21-10 10:28 AM   #2 
  - It's not *entirely* possible to extract ourselves -- but if everyone actually does it to the extent  villager   Jan-21-10 10:31 AM   #4 
  - Exactly, focus on what is possible instead of what isn't!  jonathon   Jan-21-10 12:09 PM   #45 
  - +1  Soylent Brice   Jan-21-10 11:46 AM   #32 
  - I don't know about gas, but as far as seeds go  greenbird   Jan-21-10 12:13 PM   #53 
  - Politicians need to be forced to wear the logos of their "investors"  TornadoTN   Jan-21-10 10:30 AM   #3 
  - I *so* wish we could force them to do that! nt  City Lights   Jan-21-10 11:04 AM   #13 
  - +1  eShirl   Jan-21-10 12:09 PM   #46 
  - President Camacho seyz "Bring it on!"  Maru Kitteh   Jan-21-10 01:20 PM   #66 
  - Nice idea..  DisgustedInMN   Jan-21-10 10:35 AM   #5 
  - Exactly. Nice in theory. Impossible in most cases.  CTD   Jan-21-10 10:37 AM   #6 
  - You mean like the one "nutjob" who wouldn't take her seat in the back of the bus  villager   Jan-21-10 10:40 AM   #8 
     - Civil rights organizing and STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC CHANGE require entirely different strategies.  readmoreoften   Jan-21-10 12:13 PM   #52 
     - Too bad you couldn't have been there to yell about how wrong the bus boycott was!  villager   Jan-21-10 12:14 PM   #54 
     - Different issues require different approaches. A small group boycotting corporations...  CTD   Jan-21-10 06:04 PM   #88 
  - We can sit here and make the routine excuses about why we have "no choice" but to keep buying new  villager   Jan-21-10 10:38 AM   #7 
     - That's exactly what I'm doing.  Maat   Jan-21-10 10:48 AM   #9 
     - I'm doing it, too, and trying to do more  villager   Jan-21-10 10:52 AM   #10 
        - Yes, Villager ... that's great.  Maat   Jan-21-10 11:02 AM   #11 
     - What ..  DisgustedInMN   Jan-21-10 11:03 AM   #12 
        - I think that we're only recommending it for those that can ...  Maat   Jan-21-10 11:08 AM   #14 
        - And that is..  DisgustedInMN   Jan-21-10 11:18 AM   #15 
        - So if you're that Disgusted in MN, what are you doing with that disgust?  villager   Jan-21-10 11:38 AM   #23 
           - For it..  DisgustedInMN   Jan-21-10 11:59 AM   #38 
              - It wasn't. Sorry you took it that way.  villager   Jan-21-10 12:01 PM   #40 
        - Exactly. And yet even bringing it up makes some people angry.  villager   Jan-21-10 11:34 AM   #19 
        - There are alternatives  Neecy   Jan-21-10 11:29 AM   #17 
  - Don't they already own the elections?  Joe Chi Minh   Jan-21-10 11:26 AM   #16 
  - Yup, I'm going to retreat to the days of prairie living  DainBramaged   Jan-21-10 11:34 AM   #18 
  - Seeing it in those absolutist terms is exactly what the corporadoes want.  villager   Jan-21-10 11:37 AM   #20 
     - (sigh) LISTEN, I'm old, seriously ill, and beyond listening to this line of crap  DainBramaged   Jan-21-10 11:43 AM   #29 
     - If it's minimalist, then you're already doing it! Not sure where the snark is coming from then...!  villager   Jan-21-10 11:44 AM   #31 
     - Exactly! For crying out loud the resistance to this is amazing  laughingliberal   Jan-21-10 04:48 PM   #81 
  - It may be that K-12 schools have a moral obligation to teach wilderness  Trillo   Jan-21-10 11:37 AM   #21 
  - most cases this isn't your local "chain store" who are going to do this.  cbdo2007   Jan-21-10 11:38 AM   #22 
  - But in many cases it *is* the auto, oil, and media companies we directly patronize  villager   Jan-21-10 11:40 AM   #26 
  - That would at least be consistent  treestar   Jan-21-10 11:39 AM   #24 
  - I have children to raise. Not giving money to corpoations would be unrealistic.  Tailormyst   Jan-21-10 11:40 AM   #25 
  - For kids, especially, who outgrow things all the time, there are exchanges, swaps  villager   Jan-21-10 11:42 AM   #28 
     - LOL  Tailormyst   Jan-21-10 11:48 AM   #33 
        - Then you're at least the second person on this thread *already doing this stuff*  villager   Jan-21-10 11:52 AM   #34 
           - Well- I can do it in limited amounts  Tailormyst   Jan-21-10 11:56 AM   #35 
              - I'm simply suggesting that we "vote" every day with our $$, and we need to pay more attention to it.  villager   Jan-21-10 11:58 AM   #37 
                 - You do have a good point.  Tailormyst   Jan-21-10 12:05 PM   #42 
  - Buy used. Buy off Ebay. Barter/Trade. Grow your own food. Keep your car.  Roland99   Jan-21-10 11:41 AM   #27 
  - Exactly. If *that* became the norm...  villager   Jan-21-10 11:43 AM   #30 
  - It's something a buddy of mine has already started and I'm headed there very soon, myself  Roland99   Jan-21-10 12:11 PM   #49 
  - I agree with you, Roland99.  Maat   Jan-21-10 12:11 PM   #50 
  - I'm doing that, too. But more for losing-weight reasons than anything else  Roland99   Jan-21-10 12:18 PM   #57 
     - See, there's all kinds of benefits!  Maat   Jan-21-10 02:18 PM   #68 
  - eBay = giant corporation. did you think it was a non-profit?  Hannah Bell   Jan-21-10 03:51 PM   #73 
     - Going completely "unplugged" is not practical for many people.  Roland99   Jan-21-10 04:04 PM   #74 
        - therein lies my point. the dream of escape = dream. if you can't give up the beegees, your  Hannah Bell   Jan-21-10 04:20 PM   #75 
           - I'm not going to become a hermit living in the hinterlands and no one is proposing that  Roland99   Jan-21-10 04:40 PM   #78 
  - Join together and buy a lot of shares in a single corporation and change it.  kiranon   Jan-21-10 11:56 AM   #36 
  - also good -- can unions, say, target certain corporations and buy stock in them?  villager   Jan-21-10 12:00 PM   #39 
  - There is no consumer solution to this problem. Period.  readmoreoften   Jan-21-10 12:05 PM   #41 
  - Why is there an assumption that a tactic (in the "war" you mentioned) rules out other actions?  villager   Jan-21-10 12:10 PM   #47 
  - It's not "bad." It's just not a solution. People can't afford lifestyle politics.  readmoreoften   Jan-21-10 12:22 PM   #58 
     - Okay, well that's more of a discussion. But if someone is eating "cheap crap,"  villager   Jan-21-10 12:57 PM   #63 
  - Methinks you are..  DisgustedInMN   Jan-21-10 12:24 PM   #60 
     - So, after telling us all that ratcheting down our consumption can't possibly work...  villager   Jan-23-10 10:09 AM   #92 
  - WEEE Fantasy Island!  Egnever   Jan-21-10 12:07 PM   #43 
  - WEEE thoughtless responses!  villager   Jan-21-10 12:11 PM   #48 
  - Idiotic OP's such as yours dont deserve more.  Egnever   Jan-21-10 12:14 PM   #55 
     - And thoughtful "replies" like yours help clarify use of the ignore list!  villager   Jan-21-10 12:18 PM   #56 
        - Aww my heart is broken I wont be able to reply to drivel  Egnever   Jan-21-10 12:22 PM   #59 
  - Hardly Idiotic....  Jeff In Milwaukee   Jan-21-10 12:58 PM   #64 
     - Precisely what I was trying to say!  villager   Jan-21-10 05:47 PM   #86 
  - I agree - even if we just stopped buying all the unnecessary crap, it would be a huge blow to them  jonathon   Jan-21-10 12:08 PM   #44 
  - Exactly! They count on us *never* putting our money where our mouths are  villager   Jan-21-10 12:12 PM   #51 
  - Unfortunately, "they" have such a stranglehold on society,  SoCalDem   Jan-21-10 12:27 PM   #61 
  - Well, alas, there is the question of that inevitable "landing" once the house of cards permanently  villager   Jan-21-10 12:53 PM   #62 
     - Many of us (perhaps most, these days) have cut back  SoCalDem   Jan-21-10 01:04 PM   #65 
  - At the very least, stop subscribing to TV cable and newspapers  JDPriestly   Jan-21-10 01:42 PM   #67 
  - Actual headline in our local weekly rag:  Manifestor_of_Light   Jan-21-10 02:42 PM   #69 
  - Thanks for the post, Manifestor  villager   Jan-21-10 02:58 PM   #70 
  - Yes. We need to make sure that our children and grandchildren learn  JDPriestly   Jan-21-10 03:46 PM   #72 
  - that's it..quit driving. quit eating. quit buying clothes. quit working. good idea.  spanone   Jan-21-10 02:59 PM   #71 
  - It is possible for some to spend their money more wisely  laughingliberal   Jan-21-10 04:35 PM   #77 
  - That's a start but at this stage they probably don't need us which is why they are just dumping  TheKentuckian   Jan-21-10 04:31 PM   #76 
  - For all their money and power I find corporate interests to be amazingly short sighted in a lot of  laughingliberal   Jan-21-10 04:55 PM   #84 
  - The only way that is going to happen is by overthrowing Capitalism.  Odin2005   Jan-21-10 04:45 PM   #79 
  - Have you unplugged your computer and internet connection yet?  tranche   Jan-21-10 04:47 PM   #80 
  - That could be next, at least the TV and radio. All the ads and propaganda  Cleita   Jan-21-10 04:51 PM   #83 
  - Bingo, we have a winner.  DisgustedInMN   Jan-22-10 08:55 AM   #90 
  - Best idea yet.  Cleita   Jan-21-10 04:48 PM   #82 
  - Trade and barter is another great extension of this, Cleita...  villager   Jan-21-10 05:03 PM   #85 
  - K&R helps the environment, too n/t  amborin   Jan-21-10 06:02 PM   #87 
  - My wife & I did that in 2006.  bvar22   Jan-21-10 11:16 PM   #89 
  - Fantastic, Bvar  villager   Jan-23-10 10:08 AM   #91 
     - Sure.  bvar22   Jan-23-10 02:21 PM   #93 
        - Fantastic follow-up, as well. And yes, the "all or nothing" stance of the naysayers  villager   Jan-23-10 09:54 PM   #94 
  - You make a good point.  LWolf   Jan-23-10 10:39 PM   #95 
     - We've all -- well, maybe except for bvar! -- got a long way to go, LWolf...  villager   Jan-25-10 05:11 PM   #96 

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