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So I've been looking at a list of how to effectively damage your own country without literally doing a damn thing, and I literally actually mean without doing a damn thing.

By that what I mean is to go on strike, don't spend a single cent or penny at the supermarket, don't educate your children for just one day.

Just one day of everyone staying indoors is like a peaceful protest, only it's not a protest because you're not actually fighting for or against anything or anyone. It's like a peaceful Revolution, even though a Revolution generally involves a civil war. So how do you make the government go bankrupt overnight?

Personally I'd choose not to go to work, not to buy food or drink from a supermarket, not to go to college, and not to pay my National Insurance or Taxes. If everyone stopped using their debit cards and just used purely cash, I think the banks will die fairly quickly, then the domino effect starts and everything else goes with it.

Sure in the short term you end up with a load of fights, in the long term you might have less people on the planet, even though I hate death (let's face it, there's too many people on the planet), more people standing up and actually trying to make a change.

I find it weird however that a protest only occurs when the local council or government actually does something really bad, even though they do something pretty bad everyday.

I say to myself: if there is nothing else to lose, I will fight for my rights until the end of my life.

Just a suggestion, you don't have to protest in this way, but it's what I'd do as my way of protesting - bit lazy when you think about it but I am willing to sacrifice myself for the sake of a better tomorrow.

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  •  americans like to dream that (2+ / 0-)
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    DeathByRise, DRo

    the omelet of democracy can be made without broken eggs.

  •  This would be a start (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT
    If everyone stopped using their debit cards and just used purely cash, I think the banks will die fairly quickly, then the domino effect starts and everything else goes with it.
    And they can't arrest you for not using plastic!!

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 10:53:33 AM PDT

    •  Yes, but they can charge you (1+ / 0-)
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      to cash your pay check, and do. People who don't have bank accounts get all kinds of charges, and have to get other sorts of cards to pay bills a lot of the time. Which isn't to say it isn't a good idea, it is, but we need to look at altering the infrastructure we have so that it doesn't cost people money to use cash.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 11:02:32 AM PDT

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      •  Well, (1+ / 0-)
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        AoT

        Every action has a cost.  If I go somewhere to protest it is going to cost, (and I better have someone with funds handy to bail me out should I get arrested). I think this is an idea that people can do with no risk and only a possible low cost.  It would allow people who can't afford to take a day off to participate that could not do so otherwise.

        Not everyone can risk their jobs and income.

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 11:09:56 AM PDT

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  •  Some people will argue against any (1+ / 0-)
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    form of protest that inconveniences or hurts anyone in any way. Unfortunately those are the only protests that have ever done anything in regards to bringing about change.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 10:54:18 AM PDT

    •  Violence leads to change (0+ / 0-)

      simply because people are forced to adopt to situations they wouldn't otherwise be in. World War is a prime example of this, the rise of computer technology and efficient air travel was the main component of the technological revolution of Germany during Hitler's reign. Then of course World War 2 came and caused all sorts of changes, causing a worldwide Revolution of computer technology.

      Wars are good and bad. War brings faster advancement, but massive death tolls in the process. I can only imagine wars being more frequent as time passes on Earth.

      •  But not good change, mostly (0+ / 0-)

        Certainly there are a few examples of good change that have come from necessary violence, but rarely beyond the immediate need that necessitated the violence. The advancements in war time have always been more useful for war than anything else. And could easily be achieved in peace if we just funded these things.

        If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

        by AoT on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:34:54 PM PDT

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        •  Problem is... (1+ / 0-)
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          And could easily be achieved in peace if we just funded these things.
          ... we're too stupid to understand that concept. One of the main reasons why people fight instead of change for the better.

          I hate that we are aggressive creatures by nature, and we could have been so much more if we were not. If there is such thing as "peace" in this humanitarian world, it's going to take a very long time to achieve it, and at what cost? How many wars, revolutions and protests will it take to achieve this?

          We have been alive for thousands of years, and we have learned nothing from our mistakes - we continue to go to war unchecked without any diplomatic reasoning, which is America for you, and gain nothing in the process.

          Let's be fair here, and I'd love to re-quote you here, it would be much cheaper to fund ideas in peace if people knew and understood co-operation is much more resource-friendly than war. We are getting there, but we need to destroy this corruption first.

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