The countdown has well and truly begun...
To what you may ask ?...To my birthday silly. Not so much this years but next years when i will enact my single revolutionary act designed to bring about a new age of enlightenment and liberty...If only for myself.
I first posted this 2 years ago on 11/10/9 at a site long since banned from and having gone the way of many hubs of social networking...faded into irrelevence and obsolescence :)
Lets Revolt !!!
First a bit of background. The trouble with REVOLUTIONS is they seem to be mostly reactionary and rely on spontaneity with little forethought to planning. So i'm giving myself 3 years to plan in the hope you will all join me. The more the merrier.
Just so you know, i intend to globally mobilise all forms of media 2.0 in all languages. you can help by spreading the word. that said, if nobody minds i'd like to make this forum, thread and post the ongoing hub should things go to plan for my forthcoming REVOLUTION. should things not go to plan i'll create a hub somewhere else but you heard it here first.
I CAPITALISE REVOLUTION because theres an irony in de-capitalising it when the time comes. I'm not going to set an agenda or a thing to revolt against as it's mostly my personal REVOLUTION so by all means personalise your own and decide your cause of action, though you can decide to take my cause for yours. My only request is that you coincide your date with mine.
The date will be my birthday in the year 2012, which incidentally is the 20th of December. Yes... 20/12/2012. A most auspicious date for REVOLUTIONS, given the renewal of the life cycle for yet another Mayan age.
My course of action, my one act of revolt is a simple one. I think it'd be wayyy fun if you adopted it also. On that day, i will march down to the bank or banks as case may be and withdraw all my money but not spend it on anything. On that day C.R.E.A.M. will be my credo. CASH RULES EVERYTHING ABOUT ME. That will be the irony of decapitalising. Then i'm going to go home and stop all my automatic payments. btw 20/12/2012 is a Thursday so the banks should be open :)
However, I'd imagine in revolutions there would be those who aren't so much down with the cause but rather down for the opportunity to take advantage of the chaos and basically line their pockets. In that respect 2012 would be a perfect opportunity. Knowing or seeing someone take out a sum of cash as part of a protest would practically be an invitation for some lowlifes to relieve them of said cash.
I'd suggest a security plan to counter such eventuality. Though i could see groups/gangs of opportunists working together so there would have to be a collective security plan...Safety in numbers perhaps ? But then what do you do about home invasions on the day ?...I say shoot the fuckers.
The other thing is, canceling auto payments requires a startup fee to re initiate them, which defeats the purpose of revolting against banks and their exorbitant fees. In which case as an alternative form of protest, i'm going to take the day of work.
That'll show them who's boss! Though continuing to trade only in cash may be an option
As an update things have moved at such a pace since 11/10/09 that there is the very real possibility the banks may crash of their own accord under the weight of debt by sovereign nations defaulting on their loans.
Not to mention the Occupy movements simple but effective acts of tried and true revolutionary protest. The mass sit in. A favourite amongst Pasifikan protestors such as was used by the Samoan Mau and at Parihaka :(
In any event, my revolutionary act may well and truly be taken on board with the long tailed masses joining me in a bank run simply through synchronicity.
Here's an interesting related scenario of what might occur should people decide to cash up, trade and invest their capital in smaller ventures managed locally and for the benefit of a community of interest...
Can citizen banking neuter the fat cats?
A LOT of people would like to do away with bankers right now. But targeting individuals is not very helpful: most bankers were merely executing the plans of the institutions they worked for. How about ditching banks instead?
Peer-to-peer lenders hope they can undermine banking in much the way that internet upstarts revolutionised the music business. But just as the buccaneering Napster found itself stymied by legal issues, so regulatory concerns have forced the citizen bankers to water down their radicalism
Bank says no? Ditch the bank – borrow from the crowd
What you might not know is that there are technology solutions for banking every bit as powerful as social media such as Facebook that can step into the gap, making it possible, this very minute, for you to borrow or lend money safely online, completely independent of an actual bank. They're called peer-to-peer (P2P) lending services, and they have been around for years. This kind of "citizen banking" should be reshaping the business of borrowing and lending, and shaking the foundations of the financial industry in a way no amount of Occupy Wall Street protesting could accomplish. So what's the hold up?...
...If citizen banking takes off, it could change people's day-to-day reality in the fundamental ways that the now-global Occupy movement is clamouring for. With interest payments going directly to the masses, rather than to banker bonuses and skyscrapers, P2P lending could cause more money to circulate in the real economy. It also naturally distributes risk among many individuals in a potentially more transparent way, rather than concentrating it in large, "too big to fail" institutions.