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You and millions of others like you, including me, bought the election with our small contributions.

We may have purchased Mr. Obama the Presidency; unfortunately those with real money, the mega corporate money, had already purchased him and all of the apparatus of government around him.

If the President is sincerely fighting for change, as he would have us believe in his rhetorically ingenious State of the Union Address, he faces formidable foes on both sides of the aisle.

An army of lobbyists, and an Everest of corporate money, will continue to barricade themselves in a closed marketplace, while they erect a labyrinth of laws to assure obscene profits and a workforce of serfs.

Many voices are calling for radical change. They are not mistaken in proposing drastic remedies to dismantle the Corporatocracy. These include amending the Constitution to deprive corporations of their falsely assumed personhood, impeachment efforts against members of the Supreme Court, and the abolition of the Federal Reserve.

Each voice seems to have its own pet yearning to bring down some or other major establishment pillar that will yield a balance between people and self interested organizations, between individuals and the currently "legal" criminal enterprises that rule the day.

How can we ever reach the tipping point and challenge the balance of power? Can it be done legally, without government over-throw and treason?

I believe the answer is yes, but it will not be accomplished without effort and sacrifice on the part of We the People.

Though political action should not necessarily be abandoned, the recognition that it lacks efficacy is prerequisite to accepting an alternative strategy.

The alternative is market-based protest and insurrection. Money talks; who it speaks to, and how loud, is up to us.

Each day we are bombarded with appeals from well-meaning entities that are alternatives to corporate sponsored communications and political influence. When we can afford to make them, contributions to these efforts are important, but only as a starting point.

Several movements in their infancy are means to an end that have the potential of being very effective as thousands, then millions of people take part. They include:

Move Your Money: http://moveyourmoney.info/ Yes, just move your money from a big bank to a local community bank. But don't be surprised to see your community bank fail and be taken over by Big Banking once again. If that should happen you'll be insured by the FDIC. Move your money again.

Use Cash Movement: http://UseCashMovement.org Big Bank and Big Credit Card companies make a fortune whenever you use plastic, debit and credit cards, instead of cash. Both customers and small business can turn this around, promote the use of cash and benefit while Big Banking suffers.

Sell Stocks: I don't believe any retail/small investor, those without connections to inside Wall Street, has any business investing in stock. Yes, the market has come back, the big boys say it's safe to go back in the water. Believe them at your own peril or find a safe haven for your hard earned retirement money and register your opposition by pulling your money out. A sacrifice to give Wall Street the finger, or a smart move? Maybe both.

Boycott Corporations: Everyday we all interact with corporations we hate doing business with for any number of reasons. Operating in today's world, you may not have a choice on some of these matters. But it is always worth questioning authority. Is there an alternative? Can a spend less with these corporations? Do I need their services at all?

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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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What is your evidence that other modes of activism... by thepen on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:56:44 AM
Scott, good to hear from you. I think I make a pre... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 8:10:27 AM
Chaz;The people, when they band together, have an ... by William Cormier on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:57:44 AM
I'm not telling anyone not to take action, if that... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:53:28 PM
Unless you are coming from a position of power - w... by Your Friend Fairpay on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 6:44:13 AM
Mr. Valenza? You are a film-maker? How about a f... by Your Friend Fairpay on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 7:09:53 AM
I agree please read this piece: Wall Street v. Sma... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:00:17 PM
Each one here, Chaz, Penman and Fairpay are making... by boomerang on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:14:55 AM
At least I made sense to you.... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:54:50 PM
Since this is about what things might change the C... by Philip Pease on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:03:25 AM
The only way out is to offer a working option for ... by Richard Lee on Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 7:55:16 PM