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  •  it's the little people who actually can "go Galt" (7+ / 0-)

    FYI, "withdraw your consent" is [also] one of Ayn Rand's favorite little buzzwords, so use it carefully.

    The 1% and especially the 0.1% are the products of the system.  They create nothing, so everything they have depends on their ability to appropriate value that someone else has created.

    The 1% may be the apex predators at the top of the food chain, but that only means that they require the entire chain below them in order to convert solar energy into a form they can use - IRL, they need large prey b/c it's not worth it to eat shrews or worms.  However, plants and phytoplankton - which get their energy and raw materials directly from the Sun and chemicals just floating around in the water or the soil - don't require the apex predators or any level above them in order to exist.

    We could have civilization without rich people or a political class, but they cannot be rich and do politics without us.  I don't know how exactly we could pull it off, but we really could just walk away from the whole thing and let the 1% come crashing down.  They have no skills that we depend on; they have no control of anything except through paper.  "To keep you is no benefit; to destroy you is no loss."

    Do you know why they call it the American Dream? Because it only happens when you're asleep.

    by Visceral on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 10:38:24 AM PST

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    •  Sharp analogy (6+ / 0-)

      Really well put.

      I've long thought the same thing: American buying power could be a formidable weapon against the .01 percent.

      For example, a consumer boycott against Wal-Mart could put that behemoth out of business in short order. Given that Wal-Mart is the second largest employer after the US military, it would inflict considerable domestic pain, but nevertheless we could kill that noxious parasite if were determined and acted in unison.

      Virtually any company or bank - or politician - could be strangled to death if we used our economic power in a coordinated way. We could fight back, and the Internet gives us the tools to do it.

      It's a lovely thought, really, to imagine consumers refusing to watch Fox News, and boycotting its advertisers, and killing it. In fact, it's our potential political power of combined action that drives a lot of the "individual freedom" chatter among the pundit class.

      The .01 percent understands the danger of the public acting in a coordinated way.

      Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

      by The Raven on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 11:35:54 AM PST

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