I’m wrong. The Occupy Wall Street-East Hannibal-Timbuctoo-Salida-Manteca folks are right.
Renounce corporate greed!
Stop shopping at Walmart, GameStop, Target, Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, JC Penney, or any other place you go because you can get better deals on merchandise.
Stop buying anything iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberrys, and anything from Microsoft. They’re all making money hand over foot.
Don’t access Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter or any other “free” service because their chief executive officers are getting filthy rich.
Refuse to wear Nike, Converse, Levi’s, or any clothing made off shore to maximize profits and minimize consumer cost.
Don’t accept scholarships from corporations or foundations they support. Better yet, decline to attend any university that accepts corporate grants.
Shun electricity and natural gas since people at the top make big bucks.
Bemoan Walmart driving the little guy out of business as you shop there so you can save a little coin in order to be able to buy the latest version of the iPhone every nine months.
Don’t drive, buy or ride in any vehicle where the CEO of the company that manufactured it made more than $2 million last year.
Boycott Starbucks, McDonalds, and Taco Bell. Refuse to drink Pepsi or Coca-Cola products. The folks that run those companies make way too much money.
Don’t deal with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Chase, et al. Save up money and pay cash for your car and cash for your house. That’ll teach the banks.
Fill up your corporate-produced vehicle with gas from Exxon, Shell, Standard, or BP and go to the closest park or city hall complex, pitch a Northface tent and occupy it.
Be sure to bring along plenty of Pepsi, Gatorades, iPads, MP3 players, iPods, and designer jeans to sustain yourself. Communicate with other Occupy groups via Twitter or Skype and encourage people to support you by donating via PayPal.
Make sure you grumble about how you worked your tail off to earn a masters in art degree or a PhD in applied basket weaving yet no one will hire you. It’s all because of corporate greed.
And remember it is your birthright to download free music, free intellectual property, free anything just like it is your birthright to organize flash mobs to ransack a 7-Eleven store run by an immigrant family whose patriarch is working two other jobs. You can justify it because Southland Corporation has a CEO who is greedy and makes more than $1 million a year.
It’s not fair. Why should you have to pay for anything? Why should you have to deal with failure? There aren’t supposed to be losers, just winners. Where’s your trophy for simply showing up?
Curse all those who got rich off corporations -Henry Ford, Warren Buffet, Michel Jordan, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Tiger Woods to name a few.
But wait, you say. Making $10 million under contract for Warner Brothers for appearing in a movie that represented two months work isn’t the same as someone making $10 million running a corporation that employs 20,000 people? Nor is getting $5 million to wear a hat with a Nike logo the same as someone making $5 million in stock bonuses because the company they oversee increased profits 100 percent in the previous 12 months.
Greed is an amazing thing. It is one of those things that changes depending upon who looks at it.
As for those whose greed you don’t like, the answer is simple. Don’t buy or use the stuff that makes them rich.
It is as simple that.
You have the power to change the world. Or you could Occupy Ho Chi Minh City or Baghdad and wait for the world to bow to your obviously higher intellect and unselfishness and give you everything you desire.
It must be hell being part of the Trophy Generation where no one loses, you don’t have to take courses of study that you can actually make a living at, and you instantly get what took your parents 30 years to achieve the second you step into the real world.