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Tactical Briefing #36

The Strategic Pincer.

NICK WHALEN / KEN ILIO

Alright all you existential diggers and expectant souls out there,

Defying all cynicism, the passion on the streets keeps burning … with the crisis of capitalism intensifying people’s rage only grows, erupting in unexpected places like Quebec, Moscow, Mexico, Tel Aviv, Khartoum, Addis Ababa … meanwhile we keep learning new tricks in Madrid, Los Angeles, Greece, Palestine, Manhattan and Hong Kong.

The Zuccotti encampment model may have had its day, but the spirit of our movement lives on in the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of people around the world who know in their gut that the future does not compute.

Now a new operational model is emerging: the strategic pincer —> We attack the global financial system from above with big bang protests, uprisings and revolts —> concurrently we attack the global financial system from below with hundreds of daily move-your-money actions at the 35,000 branches of megabanks worldwide.

The Bank of America has 6,200 branches, Wells Fargo 6,600, JPMorgan Chase 5,500, Citigroup 1,300; Barclays has 4,700 branches in 50 countries, Deutsche Bank 3,100 in 72 countries, HSBC 7,200 in 85 and Goldman Sachs has over 70 offices worldwide … in front of these outposts of global capital we pitch our tents, bang our pots and pans, hold our credit card cut ups … we hand out pamphlets to the customers going in and out … we engage them in passionate conversation and convince them to move their money … we trigger a chain reaction and move $1-trillion away from the megabanks before yearend, changing global banking for good.

With our strategic pincer we beat the shit out of global capitalism over the next few months — metaphorically speaking of course — and then we escalate towards a series of global solutions: a Robin Hood Tax, pushing through a binding accord on climate change and launching hybrid Blue/Green Pirate political parties in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan …

Stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith … Capitalism is heaving and our movement has just begun.

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Anonymous

Why not just move your money to a small local bank (credit union) and urge your friends to do the same. Do a reverse marketing job on them (the banks). Get info out there how these people have swindled you. If they have no customers they ummm...will close their branches and offices? Will thye force the gov'ment to bail them out with customers? Can the Fed print customers?

Anonymous

I thought it would be that easy too. My mother who is a nursing supervisor doesn't have access to a credit union and upon looking at the NY community bank we discovered that in "New York Community Bank's entire portfolio, there are 328 buildings with more than three B and C violations per unit serving a total of 6469 families. Additionally, 118 multifamily buildings in their portfolio have five or more code violations per unit, which is New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) statutory definition of distressed housing. That represents housing for nearly 1700 families. New York Community bank also claims that it has "a long-held practice of retaining the multi-family loans it originates", which is also untrue. NYCB just sold the mortgages on 8 severely distressed buildings in foreclosure in the Bronx to an unnamed buyer at an unnamed price. NYCB refused to say who the buyer is despite repeated requests from the New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the City Council. The 309 apartments have more than 1600 outstanding code violations." I don't want to move my money from one corrupt bank into another corrupt bank. Just because a bank is "community based" doesn't mean its behaving morally better.

So what to do?

Researcher

You make great points, and community banks and credit unions aren't necessarily any better than the larger banks in terms of their business practices. Since laws allow for corporate entities to behave unethically, they skirt or break the law, knowing the fines they face pale in comparison to the profits made. That's why you'll continually see the larger banks being fined by the SEC, and even settling with the DOJ. Community banks are heavily invested in commercial real estate, and that's another bubble ready to burst.

Unfortunately, moving our money isn't going to make any difference because of one thing... The majority of profits in the banking sector aren't being generated from our checking and savings accounts. Their profits come from over-leveraging, HFT, illegal price fixing (as in the recent LIBOR scandal), pension fund skimming and OTC derivatives.

Anonymous

If ALL the small savers were to move ALL their money to locally run community banks and credit unions, how can it NOT have some impact? At least it would be a start.

Researcher

It's not logical to assume every savings account holder will move their money. But if it were to have SOME impact, you'd need at least a quarter of the country's account holders moving their money. Then you'd see downsizing of the larger banks, expansion of the community banking sector and cost increases passed on to customers. I don't think it's an effective strategy, even though if it makes people feel better to do it, that's enough. But it can't stop the criminality of the large financial institutions, nor will it affect their profitability. They'll simply adjust their branches, payrolls and ATM numbers in response. And community banks would become larger and more bureaucratic as a result.

Anonymous

Looking at this another way, if the TV news reported that of a quarter of the country's account holders moved their money in one one day, that would be a shock-to-the-system, Then again, locally owned and run by it's members, a true community bank should have limits on how large or bureaucratic it is able to become. Anyway, what is wrong with people feeling good about their actions?

Anonymous

Gotta love Adbusters. In the same sentence, saying we're gonna beat the shit out of capitalism, and then pushing for more reformist tactics of a Robin Hood Tax and Green Political Parties.

Keep jamming, keep agitating. See you in the streets!

Anonymous

more vote with your dollars crap for people with dollars to avoid people without dollars. fail.

Tevin

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Anonymous

"With Billions of signatures the military’s will be on the side of the people and freedom for all life. Worldwide the Military’s will gladly protect the people".

Horseshit.

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