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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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Russ Burlingame

Book stores are a huge example of this; there's little I love more than wandering through one of the scummy, used book stores on the Lower East Side, but here in my hometown (Binghamton, NY), there ain't a one to be found. Meanwhile, the Barnes & Noble down the street makes millions. The worst part? The same guilty, white liberals who'll drive an extra twenty miles to go to the Whole Foods out in Ithaca, will hang out at Barnes & Noble, sucking down Starbucks coffee, because it's a hipster-approved corporation.

Russ Burlingame

Book stores are a huge example of this; there's little I love more than wandering through one of the scummy, used book stores on the Lower East Side, but here in my hometown (Binghamton, NY), there ain't a one to be found. Meanwhile, the Barnes & Noble down the street makes millions. The worst part? The same guilty, white liberals who'll drive an extra twenty miles to go to the Whole Foods out in Ithaca, will hang out at Barnes & Noble, sucking down Starbucks coffee, because it's a hipster-approved corporation.

stuartbramhall

I honestly feel withdrawing our dollars from the corporate system is the most powerful weapon at our disposal right now - while reinvigorating our local economies will help keep us alive when the current global economic infrastructure collapses (there's no question that it will - it's just no one is willing to predict whether this will happen fast or slow). I have been doing some research into a systematic move by the black townships to withdraw from the formal South African economy in the late eighties - and the importance this played in bringing down apartheid. Read more at http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2010/02/11/228/

stuartbramhall

I honestly feel withdrawing our dollars from the corporate system is the most powerful weapon at our disposal right now - while reinvigorating our local economies will help keep us alive when the current global economic infrastructure collapses (there's no question that it will - it's just no one is willing to predict whether this will happen fast or slow). I have been doing some research into a systematic move by the black townships to withdraw from the formal South African economy in the late eighties - and the importance this played in bringing down apartheid. Read more at http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2010/02/11/228/

Eliot

I am all for buying local and supporting the local economy. What I am NOT for is protesting the big business, or encouraging government to step in. Whiners and complainers only empower politicians, and produce unintended consiquences.

Eliot

I am all for buying local and supporting the local economy. What I am NOT for is protesting the big business, or encouraging government to step in. Whiners and complainers only empower politicians, and produce unintended consiquences.

gloria32

The real issue here is that you never know where you so called "vote" will really go. Capitalism also means that the same piece of good is made in so many countries that maybe you end up casting your vote to the wrong system!
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gloria32

The real issue here is that you never know where you so called "vote" will really go. Capitalism also means that the same piece of good is made in so many countries that maybe you end up casting your vote to the wrong system!
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