The 2 to 3 million Americans who've lost their jobs due to corporate outsourcing and NAFTA can tell you something is dead wrong in America. The 2,000 corporations, such as General Electric and General Motors, that took those jobs to China, Indonesia, or Mexico are still pretending to be American companies.

The globalist juggernaut is turning the United States into a two class society of the obscenely wealthy and the struggling workers. When the top one percent of a nation own as much as the combined total of the lower ninety percent, that nation has reached a crisis point.

     American workers face a ruling plutocracy which STOLE the 2000, 2002, and 2004 national elections and put in place a corrupt system which will FIX all future elections--until we force a change in this system.

      This criminal cabal controls most of the federal and state politicians, takes its factories to whatever countries provide the cheapest labor, pays little or no corporate income tax, and has the gall to steal our hard-earned tax dollars when it fails in its domestic and foreign investments. Thinking American workers are slowly awakening to this new fascism, even though the plutocracy-owned news media have worked hard to keep the scandal hidden.

But perceiving the cold-blooded devastation of American workers by the "people of wealth," is no longer enough. The United Activist Citizen Taskforce must work on a number of fronts in our struggle against globalist vulture capitalism:

     When we consider what power we have in our struggle, our options narrow down to a precious few. No intelligent person would consider trying to use violence, since the ruling plutocracy has a monopoly of military, police, and litigation force. The days of the citizen warrior struggling against a weak government is two hundred years behind times.

California bought-and-paid-for legislators      Writing to congresspersons who've been put into office through corporate donations is a futile gesture. Trying to launch a new populist party, even if you have the wealth of a Ross Perot or a George Soros, is fruitless. The penetrating exposÚs of globalist capitalism by such writers as Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, William Greider, and others, help us understand what's wrong but provide no strategy for righting the wrongs.

     Meanwhile, American workers have totally overlooked the one power they have - their purchasing power. And the sensible deployment of that power is through the strategy of boycott.


The Strategy of Consumer Boycott

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party

   

     The United States was, in part, created through the use of consumer boycott. From 1765 to 1775, colonial nonimportation associations were organized by Sons of Liberty and Whig merchants to boycott English goods and force British recognition of political rights. We are now heirs to the success of that struggle.

     Boycott as a modern strategy, however is not a simple one. To launch a consumer boycott movement requires sustained, broad-based commitment and a carefully planned general strategy.


Sustained, Broad-Based Commitment

     The Sons and Daughters of Liberty were convinced that their situation, vis-Ó-vis their British rulers, was so intolerable that it was worth dedicating a large portion of their time to mount boycott offensives. Ultimately they decided that it was necessary to risk their lives in an armed revolution against Britain.

      We have to ask ourselves today whether we judge our plight, vis-Ó-vis our plutocratic rulers, to be so intolerable that we're willing to spend a good deal of time and effort to struggle for radical change. It appears that most Americans are answering no to that question - at least their indifference to the stealing of the 2004 election and the continuing attacks against Constitutional right by the moneyed interests would indicate this.

     The question then becomes: how bad does the plight of the workers have to get before they realize they are being destroyed and fight for their very lives?

     How much worse does it have to get before the American workers wake up and begin to fight for their economic and political rights?


General Strategy


     There are already dozens of organizations advocating boycotts against specific companies and products. But their efforts, however well-intentioned, are producing little effect. It's one thing to advocate boycotting slave-wage table grapes or ecologically devastating chemical companies; it's quite another to create a nation-wide consumer boycott based on sound populist principles and carrying out carefully planned actions which realize specific objectives.

     As we begin our struggle for survival, we must decide just what it is we're attempting to realize through our boycott efforts. We shouldn't be content to merely stop a particular company from despoiling the environment or ravaging the American workforce through relocation of factories to third world countries. We must work for systemic changes in America's political, economic, legal, military, and social structures throughout.

      We must determine how our American boycott will relate to other nations and their people. We don't want to create an unthinking jingoist movement, but we must begin here in America to protect the rights of our own workers.

     Some of the specific objectives we should work for include:

How do we achieve this?


US/UK Brands to Boycott

1 Esso
2 Maxwell House
3 Microsoft
4 MBNA
5 Lucozade
6 ASDA
7 Hotpoint
8 AOL
9 Budweiser
10 Walkers Crisps
11 Sinclair Broadcast Group (of recent "swiftboat" notoriety)
12 Walmart

Top 25 Republican Party donors (1999-2003)
with global consumer brands

1 Altria (formerly Philip Morris) $6.5m
2 AT&T $5.36m
3 Microsoft Corp. $5.12m
4 United Parcel Services $4.48m
5 MBNA $4.38m
6 Citigroup $3.93m
7 Pfizer $3.9m
8 FedEx Corp. $3.4m
9 Bristol-Myers Squibb $3.4m
10 GlaxoSmithKline $3m
11 Wal-Mart $2.85m
12 General Electric $2.58m
13 ExxonMobil $2.35m
14 AOL Time Warner $2.31m
15 Anheuser Busch $2.23m
16 ChevronTexaco $2.2m
17 PepsiCo $1.9m
18 Schering Plough $1.8m
19 Archer Daniels Midland $1.8m
20 Wyeth (formerly American Home Products)$1.74m
21 Alticor Inc. $1.7m
22 American Airlines $1.62m
23 Ford $1.52m
24 BP Amoco $1.25m
25 Disney $1.25m

Top Bush Contributors in 2004:

Morgan Stanley

$599,730

Merrill Lynch

$569,204

PricewaterhouseCoopers

$508,300

UBS Americas

$456,625

Goldman Sachs

$373,100

MBNA Corp

$351,000

Credit Suisse First Boston

$334,040

Lehman Brothers

$315,275

Citigroup Inc

$312,100

Bear Stearns

$302,600

Ernst & Young

$296,140

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

$280,350

US Government

$266,501

Wachovia Corp

$261,310

Ameriquest Capital

$244,400

Blank Rome LLP

$220,150

Bank of America

$213,311

JP Morgan Chase & Co

$199,650

Microsoft Corp

$193,040

Southern Co

$191,232

Data provided by the
Center for Responsive Politics
at www.opensecrets.org


     Each of us should take time to examine the individuals and companies that are financinig the Bush junta, and make sure we deliberately refuse to buy their products or services. For example, if your bank sends you a Citibank credit card, make sure you de-activate that credit card and use a pro-American card such as Working Assets.

     It's most helpful if you send an email or a letter to the specific companies you're boycotting, informing them in detail just why you're refusing to patronize them. This is called "messaged boycotting." Some of the Web sites listed below provide form emails and letters you can send to corporations telling them why you're boycotting them.

     In forthcoming articles, we'll be examining the STOLEN U.S. 2004 election and what we must do to reform election procedures nation-wide, providing an updated exposÚ of the right-wing, reactionary bias of most of the mainline news media, and beginning an effort to build populist, progressive news media outlets.


NDL



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