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What will revolution look like in an era when we have more power as consumers than as mere voters?

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It's only a question of time before most people work out for themselves that they can get all the education they need to thrive in the brave new world order for free, via the world wide web & social networking sites. A formal college education may largely remain the preferred path for the children of the privileged 1% who will increasingly withdraw into their insulated bubbles and gated communities. They will rely ever more heavily on their mercenary lackeys to provide protection, clean their homes, nurse their children & gardens, and unblock their toilets. The costs for these basic services will rise to astronomic levels -- creating yet another career path for those traitors willing to hold their noses and take the money.

But what will the revolution look like for the remaining 99%, those who now have more power as consumers and texters than as mere voters? The game is almost up -- the electorate increasingly understands we have no more choice in our political leaders than in our selection of baked bean brands. We can only buy what's placed on the supermarket shelf, or in the case of our corrupt voting system the candidates who are shortlisted for the rest of us by the 1% plutocracy. The old joke that if democracy really changed anything they wouldn't allow it, has never held more meaning.

 

 

 

 

We pretend to vote and they pretend to govern

Where next for OWS? If our only real power comes through our function as consumers and internet texters then it's obvious -- we must stop feeding the beast!

What Corporate America really fears most is the chaos that would ensue if we simply stopped consuming on mass and paralyzed the economic system. Their worst nightmare is a text message that goes viral and calls for a boycott of a particular company or product. Imagine if millions of people stopped using Citibank, or filling their gas tanks at Shell, or ceased to buy Coca-Cola - if only for a couple of weeks?

Think this could never happen? Wrong - it's already with us! Using the website Change.org a 22 year-old Washington DC customer of Verizon Wireless organized an online petition which garnered over 165,000 signatures within hours. The company immediately backed down on its plans to introduce a $2 "convenience' charge for the rip-off privilege of paying bills by phone or online. A similar ploy received over 300,000 supporters and defeated Bank of America's avaricious scam for a $5 usage fee for credit cards. Video--streaming company Netflix plans to spin off its DVD rentals into a stand alone service called Qwikster were crushed even before launch by the power of social media. The firm's share price also tumbled by more than 80% in weeks.

This is just the beginning; consumers have barely begun to flex their internet muscles. We the people simply demand a sharing of the wealth, a sustainable economy which preserves the environment, the dissolution of central power, a guarantee of personal freedom, and an end to corrupt family-based power elites.

 

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