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Forum Post: 99 Conglomerate - A perfect example

Posted 11 years ago on April 27, 2013, 7:26 p.m. EST by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB
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The purpose of having a conglomerate corporation owned by occupiers is simple: to spread awareness and to beat the 1% at their own game.

You don't think this is THE necessary action for the movement? Here is a perfect case study candidate.

There is a guy who owns a hair salon on a main street in a capital city. I've been going there for about a year. He does a great job, charges a very fair price, and is almost never busy. He is obviously in the 99% but has no idea. He has never heard of Occupy, has no idea there is such a movement.

I told him about it today and said if he puts a little 99% symbol by his logo, the local Occupiers will go to him. He refused out of fear, even though he needs the business.

Isn't that strange? No. He is one of the 99% you will never win over. What percent of the 99% are like him? My guess is 90%.

Now what if I convinced the local Occupiers to treat him like a 99% Conglomerate Subsidiary without his permission? Could he be convinced to become a subsidiary in time? If his business doubled, and after a few months of confusion I explained what was going on, would he change his mind? Or would he become one of the few self-aware 99%, and support Occupy?

Would he not likely seek other Subsidiaries to support and contribute to a stronger local economy?



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[-] 2 points by Sandy0621 (175) 11 years ago

He'd probably appreciate the increase in business, but it's not likely to change his attitude. Being openly associated with any political point of view carries risks for a business person. You offer him the business of people you have no control over. Maybe you can deliver on that promise, maybe not. Displaying a 99% logo asks him to risk offending the customers he actually has.

[-] 1 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 11 years ago

I get that. I also believe the 99% association will not hurt his existing business.

Regarding the 99% symbol on your business logo, there is no limit to how small the symbol is. Microscopic or only visible under certain kinds of light... all good.

The way I see it, we would be rescuing him, showing him the light of an oppressor he didn't know existed.

We wouldn't force him to announce to the world his allegiance. We wouldn't even pressure him, just show him the light, hoping he will choose to save himself.

The Conglomerate can turn consumers, employees and employers into supporters of the movement where nothing else can. Tell me how else we can win these people over? Does it make sense to wait for something to happen on its own?

[-] 1 points by gsw (3411) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Good video on banking, alternative money about 1:10 minutes in.


"97 percent owned"....how we are all at disadvantage due to how banks create money

[-] 1 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 11 years ago

Off topic but essential knowledge. I really enjoyed it but my wife beat my ass for falling asleep on the sofa watching it. Thanks for sharing.