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We the People Must Punish Big Banking & Finance

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Do we still think we're going to get fair health care reform by calling our congress people? A few hands? You over there, still wearing the Yes We Can t-shirt, you're not excused. Listen up.

You want change? Okay, sign petitions, write the letters, make the phone calls, send the emails, blogg and moan online, but don't expect any of that to work unless...

You're also willing to vote with your feet and deny our corrupted system of the money and, therefore, the power that enables our being abused.

Here's a swift, legal, crafty action you can take today, tomorrow, and forever until we get change.

Deny Big Banking an important revenue stream by eschewing their oh so easy and convenient payment system of credit and debit cards. Instead, opt for the more cumbersome payment method called Cash.

If you haven't heard about this yet you are forgiven. It's new and taking subversive market action is not yet in the lexicon of virtual world protests. Visit: to learn more.

Short story, just by using more cash and less plastic, en masse, we can deny Big Banking & Finance billions of dollars a year. And, if the movement gets big enough, it will send a message to all those who derive their funding and power on the backs of workers and citizens.

By using more and more cash, we can send a clear and punitive message. If the system refuses to administer justice, then we the people must.

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If the system won't punish Wall Street, the Federal Reserve and the now way, way too big to fail banks, it's our job.

Yes, to do this we must suffer some small inconveniences. If we're not willing to be inconvenienced, we do not deserve meaningful change.

So, I challenge you to make this work. Use more Cash starting now to punish Big Banking and Finance. I also challenge the Huffington Post, Alternet, Truthdig, OpEd News, etcetera to get the word out.

Get behind Use Cash as a first, significant action of innovative market based protest of the new century. Please, come up with similar actions we can take against other corporate transgressors, like the health care insurance companies and the government that keeps sending our jobs overseas.

If we are not capable of this, we do not deserve change. If we can not take direct actions like Use Cash, what will we tell our children? That we did a lot of blogging and moaning online and it didn't work?

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)

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