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I Pay My Taxes, Why Doesn't Bank of America?

Banking protests planned February 26 across the USA.

The UK Uncut movement has crossed the pond and inspired activists in the US. Americans are targeting Bank of America. This corporation, the largest bank and the fifth largest corporation in the US, has consistently avoided any form of accountability to the American taxpayer. In 2009 it paid no tax … but received a tax refund. And last year the federal government gave Bank of America $2.3 billion.

Update: February 26 – citizens across the country are protesting at Bank of America branches and peaceably but forcefully demanding they account for their actions. This could finally be the movement that keeps the banks honest. Let’s make this go viral … with flash mobs protesting against corporate crooks all across America.


Go to US Uncut to find a protest near you!

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S Sloan

First, we must come to terms with what we are dealing with, the stakes involved, and how far the other side is willing to go to remain entrenched in power and privilege. It is easy to say “Smash the Corporate State” without thinking about what that would mean. In our current feel-good, touchy-feely version of liberalism, we can imagine that such a smashing will somehow be done in a orderly, non-threatening and non-disruptive way without rancor or violence from the interests we are pulling down. The revolution, when it is successful, will not be a series of juvenile “spectacles,” nor will it be an easy road for any of us who are involved. It will not be a hipster party. It will wreak general havoc on our consumerist culture (after all, that is the point) which will affect us as acutely as it will the general populace. We must have the strength to take control of the situation, without complaint or apology.

Just remember that if you are truly disrupting the the power structure, no one is going to be laughing along with your arch, whimsical antics. It is time to stop wishing away the violence and obduracy of our oppressors. The demonstrators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are risking severe reprisals from their authoritarian governments, but until the Madison uprising, Americans have put up with having their freedoms and rights curtailed on the fear of having their careers and credit standing diminished and having their conveniences taken away. Could the uprising in Madison be the beginning of the end of the American Left’s 30-year Long Retreat?

Let’s hope so, because we need to throw off the dominant intellectual climate that is choking the Left, which is a neurotic need to be as inoffensive to everyone as possible. The forces of bigotry, war and murder dominate the scene more completely now than it did 25 years ago at the height of Reaganism. The forces of corporatism are playing for keeps and we cannot afford to wish away the fact that they will hold on with lethal force if they feel its necessary. We cannot pretend that making parody ads of McDonalds and Calvin Klein is going to have any effect in this struggle. As the governor of Wisconsin has shown so clearly this month, the corporate industrial complex is at war with ordinary Americans. If you refuse to acknowledge you are at war, then you have already lost.

S Sloan

First, we must come to terms with what we are dealing with, the stakes involved, and how far the other side is willing to go to remain entrenched in power and privilege. It is easy to say “Smash the Corporate State” without thinking about what that would mean. In our current feel-good, touchy-feely version of liberalism, we can imagine that such a smashing will somehow be done in a orderly, non-threatening and non-disruptive way without rancor or violence from the interests we are pulling down. The revolution, when it is successful, will not be a series of juvenile “spectacles,” nor will it be an easy road for any of us who are involved. It will not be a hipster party. It will wreak general havoc on our consumerist culture (after all, that is the point) which will affect us as acutely as it will the general populace. We must have the strength to take control of the situation, without complaint or apology.

Just remember that if you are truly disrupting the the power structure, no one is going to be laughing along with your arch, whimsical antics. It is time to stop wishing away the violence and obduracy of our oppressors. The demonstrators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are risking severe reprisals from their authoritarian governments, but until the Madison uprising, Americans have put up with having their freedoms and rights curtailed on the fear of having their careers and credit standing diminished and having their conveniences taken away. Could the uprising in Madison be the beginning of the end of the American Left’s 30-year Long Retreat?

Let’s hope so, because we need to throw off the dominant intellectual climate that is choking the Left, which is a neurotic need to be as inoffensive to everyone as possible. The forces of bigotry, war and murder dominate the scene more completely now than it did 25 years ago at the height of Reaganism. The forces of corporatism are playing for keeps and we cannot afford to wish away the fact that they will hold on with lethal force if they feel its necessary. We cannot pretend that making parody ads of McDonalds and Calvin Klein is going to have any effect in this struggle. As the governor of Wisconsin has shown so clearly this month, the corporate industrial complex is at war with ordinary Americans. If you refuse to acknowledge you are at war, then you have already lost.

Jennifer2011

The rising emphasis on action across the progressive landscape is key. Committed mass action is the only thing that stands a chance.

Jennifer2011

The rising emphasis on action across the progressive landscape is key. Committed mass action is the only thing that stands a chance.

werd

Maybe "a revolution" should be considered less a "liberal sensation" or "conservative backwash" and more a stand against getting ripped off. That's what's happened. I hardly think it concerns who you voted for when you find out you've been scammed.

werd

Maybe "a revolution" should be considered less a "liberal sensation" or "conservative backwash" and more a stand against getting ripped off. That's what's happened. I hardly think it concerns who you voted for when you find out you've been scammed.

Anonymous

stop being trapped in a system that feeds of your hard work.
we can do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-c7jtOpQn4

Anonymous

stop being trapped in a system that feeds of your hard work.
we can do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-c7jtOpQn4

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