Operation Buy Less
The capitalist war machine runs on cash. This is true whatever way you
look at it. The segment of society that pays the graft which puts the
mafia parties in power, the government that buys the munitions, the war industry
that develops weapons, the national security industry that takes away our
personal liberties - all of these depend upon cash. The cash they wield is
your cash. They obtain it through the "choices" YOU make.
It's time to start making other choices.
Over the dark year and months since 9/11, the working class saw increased
unemployment, wage cuts, benefits losses, and longer worker hours for
less. At the same time, our fascist leaders urged Americans to buy
more. We were urged to take vacations (think of the vacuous statements
made by FOG (fascist occupational government) dictator Bush about how patriotic
it was to go to Disneyland! Remember the talk show brownshirts equating
buying stock with being a patriot! Remember all the media noting how
patriotic it is to spend, spend, spend!
And while we got poorer and spent more, our valuable tax dollars were
squandered on billions of dollars in aid to Israel, a wealthy nation with a
greedy hand. Our tax dollars were handed out, left and right, to Afghan
informants. Billions of dollars of our hard earned money were pumped into
ungrateful airline mega corporations. And when congress was about to
recess, they went home without extending the unemployment benefits of America's
The Resistance says, "Enough!" It is time to wind down the
economy, deny the corporate warmongers our cash, and reduce the tax revenue of
With the Christmas season fast approaching and the corporate whores pushing
their wares, now is the time to salute them with an empty hand and a middle
finger. Rebels of America, reduce your spending!
Reduction in spending does not mean living without. Reduction in
spending does not mean foregoing Christmas gifts. The road to protest
involves a change in the focus of production. Rather than buying, 'tis the
season for making and doing.
Each of us has one or more talents. The application of these talents
has value. Members of the Resistance should shift from the capitalist
economy to the gift economy.
How does one do this? Well, it's really quite simple. Rather than
buy someone a gift, make them a gift or give them a service. If you are
handy with sewing, make some clothes. If you are technologically talented,
help a technologically untalented person out. If you are good at cleaning,
clean a loved one's home or office. If you are full of energy and live in
the North, shovel someone's driveway. If you live in warmer climes, detail
a friend's car.
When you provide a service or make an item and you do it as a gift, the
government has no way of taxing the labor employed to that end. Should you
need to buy materials to perform your service, they will surely be cheaper than
the value of the service itself. The value added by your labor will not be
taxed and no capitalist will skim it for his war machine.
While all of this might make some feel awkward, there is a way of broaching
the intent without fearing the perception that you are motivated by
frugalness. Explain to each individual with whom you intend to exchange
gifts why you have chosen to offer a service or a handmade item in place of a
plastic piece of junk purchased at Walmart. Ask them to do the same for
you. If they agree, then you have increased the number of individuals
joining the new economy while making your motivations clear.
Make this a Christmas the right wing will never forget. Do your part in
creating the taxless and profit free economy. Deny the war machine the
fuel it requires to fund its killing and impose its dictatorship. Be the
Grinch that stole the fat cats' Christmas.