This has been scary. I won't lie. But I find it empowering to unplug from that aspect of the economic system significantly responsible for our current state of affairs. Now when I fight 'the system,' I no longer have the nagging sense of being two-faced. I can now whole-heartedly work for this world's transformation.
If enough middle-class people choose to turn their backs on contemporary, and risky, investment strategies, we could exert significant pressure on wealthy individuals and businesses that rely on a sea of middle-class investment accounts to make their financial games, and gains, possible. Why should we shore up the very people who are robbing us and destroying the planet?
What would be amazing would be a middle-class revolution in which we all withdrew our dollars from a corrupt investment system and redirected those funds in ways that brought tangible and permanent benefits to us. Our choice to abandon Wall Street, in whole or in part, could effect change in this country more powerfully and more quickly than any corporate self-regulation, congressional oversight, legislation or rule making could do.
I have grown tired of waiting for electeds, judges and bureaucrats to represent the people. We the people are this country. We have options. We can claim our power. And in so doing we can help each other and ourselves. How crazy is this time that what I am proposing is considered 'riskier' than leaving investments in the hands of a system that has demonstrated for years its willingness to gamble and lose our money?
If you are middle-class and own stocks and bonds, maybe it's time to stop worrying about if they will 'recover.' Perhaps there is a new way for us to show our love for this land and its people. We can turn our back on Wall Street. We can still pressure universities and banks to divest themselves of fossil fuel accounts, but there is actually a lot more to be done than that. We can buy and invest locally. We can live as much as possible without debt. We can live within our means.
The middle-class could lead the charge in a new approach to the 21st century.
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