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Vote With Your Dollar

Make a small but significant mark on the economy.
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What you buy matters. Every time you bypass a local boutique to shop at a big-box store, it makes a small but significant mark on the economy. It's a vote with your dollar, so why support a system that amounts to a kind of economic feudalism? When you buy local, the ripple effect spreads from cash registers right to your street: 68% of what you spend in an independently owned local store returns to the community through taxes and payroll. With a national chain, only 43% stays in town.

You can shift the balance of economic power with every purchase you make - a point the grassroots 3/50 Project aims to prove. Launched by a Minnesota-based retail consultant and propagated by business owners around the globe through word-of-mouth and flyering, the 3/50 Project makes it easy for you to step outside the corporate-controlled system and take matters into your own hands. With a goal of keeping local economies alive, the call to action is simple: Choose three local businesses you can't bear to see go under. Spend $50 a month between the three and help keep their doors open. Signing on to the 3/50 Project might be a small step, but revolution is built from the ground up. It's a straightforward, earnest approach to changing the world, the can-do hallmark of doing business in the altermodern era.

Where do you vote with your dollar? How do you support the independent shops in your community? What else can we do to prevent the big box stores from taking over?

Jennifer Croll

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friends of Aris...

and this concept alone is why the communist and socialist are no better than the capitalist. You can't solve a problem by utilizing the very essence of it to make ourselves feel better, we need real changes not an effort in futility. We should stop using money altogether and automate the workforce so humans can work on the real problems of society not a benign 8 hour time wasting contest at a desk.

Sound crazy? No it makes perfect sense, I suggest this organization for more information : www.thevenusproject.com

friends of Aris...

and this concept alone is why the communist and socialist are no better than the capitalist. You can't solve a problem by utilizing the very essence of it to make ourselves feel better, we need real changes not an effort in futility. We should stop using money altogether and automate the workforce so humans can work on the real problems of society not a benign 8 hour time wasting contest at a desk.

Sound crazy? No it makes perfect sense, I suggest this organization for more information : www.thevenusproject.com

Dennis Rodie

I've read the book and seen the documentary about The Venus Project. I agree with most of what Peter Joseph says but the Venus Project is like Huxley's Brave New World, where the new religion is science and technology. Their concept (religion) is that technology will solve every problem if you apply it well. If something goes wrong, than it's people, not the machine's fault. Except over time it has been shown that certain technology was horribly destructive even though at the time everyone thought it was such a great invention. The Venus Project paints a pretty picture of the far future where people don't decide any more, not even cooking your own meal or carpentering your own house. Everything is decided by machines, everything is measured out. No thanks, I prefer staying the savage. Fresco is still stuck in the 1960s where dreams of a technological world with big housing were the trend. We know better now and people need to be people. Small, ecological autonomous communities is the way out of our consumer society. A beautiful example of that you can find in Wales: http://lammas.org.uk/

Dennis Rodie

I've read the book and seen the documentary about The Venus Project. I agree with most of what Peter Joseph says but the Venus Project is like Huxley's Brave New World, where the new religion is science and technology. Their concept (religion) is that technology will solve every problem if you apply it well. If something goes wrong, than it's people, not the machine's fault. Except over time it has been shown that certain technology was horribly destructive even though at the time everyone thought it was such a great invention. The Venus Project paints a pretty picture of the far future where people don't decide any more, not even cooking your own meal or carpentering your own house. Everything is decided by machines, everything is measured out. No thanks, I prefer staying the savage. Fresco is still stuck in the 1960s where dreams of a technological world with big housing were the trend. We know better now and people need to be people. Small, ecological autonomous communities is the way out of our consumer society. A beautiful example of that you can find in Wales: http://lammas.org.uk/

Kali23Yuga

It's these kind of DIY strategies that tend to fail in the end. Just lifestyle anarchism for all I care. Makes you feel good about yourself, but fundamentally you're still in the consumption paradigm.
There won't be any structural changes with these kind of actions. This is what Zizek has proven time and time again, by consuming 'morally' we just redefine capitalism. Capitalism as an adaptive system will just mold itself to the image of what the consumer wants it to be.
We'll need bigger guns than this.

Kali23Yuga

It's these kind of DIY strategies that tend to fail in the end. Just lifestyle anarchism for all I care. Makes you feel good about yourself, but fundamentally you're still in the consumption paradigm.
There won't be any structural changes with these kind of actions. This is what Zizek has proven time and time again, by consuming 'morally' we just redefine capitalism. Capitalism as an adaptive system will just mold itself to the image of what the consumer wants it to be.
We'll need bigger guns than this.

ken vallario

i don't think the author necessarily posited this as the 'final solution' to the world's problems, but it does seem to be a simple and progressive way of shifting our relationship with consumption.
i live in upstate new york, and it's the first time i've lived somewhere with so many small locally owned businesses, and i will tell you, it is worth the effort. it just feels better engaging in an economy that is personal. when i watched a bridge construction project cause the unfortunate consequence of putting my favorite local hardware store out of business i felt a real loss.
a little consciousness in this aspect of our lives cannot be argued against, in my humble opinion...

ken vallario

i don't think the author necessarily posited this as the 'final solution' to the world's problems, but it does seem to be a simple and progressive way of shifting our relationship with consumption.
i live in upstate new york, and it's the first time i've lived somewhere with so many small locally owned businesses, and i will tell you, it is worth the effort. it just feels better engaging in an economy that is personal. when i watched a bridge construction project cause the unfortunate consequence of putting my favorite local hardware store out of business i felt a real loss.
a little consciousness in this aspect of our lives cannot be argued against, in my humble opinion...

Q to the uran

Buy the better product (most bang for buck). This division between local and non-local is nonsense. Either way the local economy thrives, and so does the global economy.

Q to the uran

Buy the better product (most bang for buck). This division between local and non-local is nonsense. Either way the local economy thrives, and so does the global economy.

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