Posted 4 years ago on Feb. 12, 2012, 4:06 a.m. EST by lithosere
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We are taught to think that political change comes about by thoughtfully redistributing our wages; that when we buy something, we are casting our vote to that business to keep doing what it does. This is a fallacy, the last resort of those who have been deprived of their humanity. We are not dollar redistributing machines, we are human beings, with love, sorrow, anger, and the will to fight. If we trust to "vote with our dollars," first of all, we do not live in a democracy. Income disparity allows the few to cast millions of ballots, and the many to cast only one, or none at all. Moreover, many are forced by utter necessity to "vote" for what they do not believe in. If I live in Los Angeles and drive a car, I am not "voting" for a car-culture, wars in the Middle East, and climate change. I am doing what I must to survive in a city built to make cars necessary. Demand is manufactured by the powerful, and this is out of our control.
As beings with a moral capacity in an a-moral universe, we have the responsibility to use our reason, emotion, and observation to define right and wrong and fight for what we believe to be true. We can fight with our bodies and must not be confined to playing the insidious game of capitalism in order to create the world we want.