Four Metamemes to Take Power Back from Corporations

Somewhere between Santa Clara and Citizens United, we the people lost our confidence. We lost our dignity. We rolled over to America Inc. Job One now is to get back some of that arrogance and boldness we had 150 years ago, when misbehaving corporations were ferociously slapped down.

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A New Relationship Between People and Corporations

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We the People have lost control.

Corporations, these legal fictions we ourselves created two centuries ago, now rule over us. And we accept this as the normal state of affairs.

We go to corporations on our knees. Please do the right thing, we plead. Please don’t cut down any more ancient forests. Please don’t pollute any more lakes and rivers (but please don’t move your factories and jobs offshore either). Please don’t use pornographic images to sell fashion to my kids. Please don’t play governments off against each other to get a better deal.

We’ve spent so much time bowed down in deference we’ve forgotten how to stand up straight.

In this issue, we lay out a plan to take back our sovereignty, restore our dignity . . . and make corporations work for us, not the other way around. It's an endgame that we can't afford to lose.

Unprime Day

Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21. And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).

Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21.

And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).

As you can tell from the list above, Amazon owns a huge number of companies whose products and services millions use every single day.

. . . whether they’re walking to work in their Zappos shoes with an Audible audiobook in their ears, or watching streams on Twitch while scarfing down premium Whole Foods goodies, or binging Amazon Studios–produced TV shows while looking up the name of “that guy who looks like that other guy” on IMDb. And that’s true even when you leave Amazon itself out of the tally.

The point, in short, is not just that megacorporations are taking over the world, but that one monolithic corporation named Amazon controls an ever-increasing share of our mental environment.

Think that sounds exaggerated? Think again.

Amazon’s dominance is funded by an illegal price-rigging racket that disguises the costs of its “free shipping” promise to Prime members. As a result, it has oodles of capital to spend on ventures well beyond its e-commerce perview. (Remember when all it sold was books?)

Today, Amazon has its finger in cloud computing, streaming, electronics, home security, A.I., surveillance — and yes, even the defense industry. (Oh, and did I mention that it’s now a bank, too?) As one of the ten biggest corporations on the planet, it’s power to influence you is therefore enormous. It’s meddling in areas of your life you’re not even aware of.

With all this, what are the chances that Amazon has your best interest at heart? Ask yourself: Are you being empowered — or exploited?

Don’t be naive — after all, we’re talking about the same company that is set on hanging workers out to dry, chucking the environment in the bin, forcing you to foot its tax bill, and distorting democracy itself. And it’s no friend of whistleblowers, either.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Amazon’s fate lies in one person’s hands . . . one person with the power to make or break the gargantuan tech tyrant, by either shopping from it — or dropping it altogether.

And that person is you.

We’ve long called for unswooshing the swoosh. This Prime Day, ditch your membership and boycott the mother of all tech-corp crooks (and every one of her brats).

It’s time to #unprime Prime — not just for one day, but for good.

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It's time for BDS to come to Beijing

In Xinjiang, 82 multinationals are complicit in the state-sponsored torture and enslavement of Uyghurs. The only humane thing to do is to boycott every one of them.

In Xinjiang, 82 multinationals are complicit in the state-sponsored torture and enslavement of Uyghurs. The only humane thing to do is to boycott every one of them.

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Can the Palestinian Mandela End Israeli Apartheid?

Like Madiba, Marwan Barghouti is leading a fight for justice and freedom — from prison.

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The
#TrueCost
Revolution

What's in a price?

Raw materials. Labor. Equipment upkeep. Rents and fees. Supply and demand. Taxes.

Those things influence how much you pay at the till. But what about the cost of the wrapper you throw away, toxic run-off leaking into lakes and streams, carbon released into the atmosphere — in short, all the noxious side-effects of using or producing everyday things in a capitalist world? Who pays for that?

The short answer: We all do.

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The
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Revolution
Where you Fit In

Over the last couple of generations, we in the so-called “developed” world have eased into a very cushy way of living. We love our dish washers, spin dryers and microwave ovens. We love our throw away diapers, pre-washed veggies and ready-to-eat dinners delivered right to our door. And we love cruising in our cars with our favorite music playing. The idea of living more austere lives is anathema. We’re hooked on all of this stuff now. Whatever it takes, we gotta have our Doritos.

That’s just the way it is.

Or is it?

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#WorldwideGeneralStrike TACTICAL BRIEFING No. 1

Alright you radicals, rebels and redeemers out there,

Once in every era, the call of history compels a small number of people — or even just one person — to steer the world in a fresh new direction.

This is that call.

The time has come to question everything.

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