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Hero or Coward: Could Skipping My Student Loan Payments Start a Revolution?

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The question remains: Will I strike? Sure, if I'm not the only one

Why not, though? "What you have to do comes down to simply doing nothing," Robbins explained. "That's why I say in the book: If people aren't willing to do this to solve problems that they deeply care about, then they're not serious about it." Plus, it's nonviolent, legal, and free. Robbins reassured me: "You don't have to get beat up by the police. You don't have to get thrown into jail. You don't have to donate thousands of dollars to these causes. All you've got to do is not pay your debts. Simplest thing in the world."

It all sounds rather enticing. What's easier than doing nothing? The question remains: Will I strike? Sure, if I'm not the only one. When it comes to ignoring bills, that sounds rather lonely. It's an "individualized action," as Robbins puts it. I need to know that others are joining me. I need to be able to meet with them and discuss the cause. I wouldn't mind starting some ruckus with some signs and rallies, either.

Robbins is planning to create a social media setup where people can find out about others involved. He and Di Muzio have also created a domain, debtstrike.org, which they plan to have ready by October 2015, when their book comes out. Once that happens, more people should know about it, and we can start organizing. I'm not the best planner, but I do know how to collaborate. If others can join me and help figure out a format where the party of the 99 percent can list its demands, I'm in. But I can't do it alone.

The issues the strike addresses are ones I work every day to change. I try to do as much as possible to help the planet and the people in it. I attend protests when I can, whether I'm chanting or reporting. I shop local and organic when my wallet allows. I buy clothes and furniture from thrift stores to end our culture's throwaway cycle. I would be a hypocrite to do all that and not take part in further direct action. I'd hope others would feel the same. Who knows? The strike may not work, but I do know that, at the very least, it'll raise awareness.

So let's start figuring this out. October 2016 isn't too far off, and our debt isn't going anywhere. Why not take a chance? I wouldn't mind being a cultural hero. Would you?

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