Welcome to The Consumer Party Home Page!
I’ve been asked on numerous occasions, “Why do we need a Consumer Party?” But the logical question isn’t, “WHY DO WE NEED A CONSUMER PARTY?” No, considering the fact that sales/profits are the only “votes” the 1% WILL listen to…the logical question should be “WHY HAVEN’T WE HAD ONE until now?”
Think about it. The purpose of democracy was intended to give informed citizens a say in their own governance. But what if democracy has been so misused and subverted that citizens no longer have access, or direct participation in, the decisions that determine the quality of their lives?
Aren’t you tired of waiting every four years to have your voice heard – only to find you have no voice at all? I know I am.
Citizens everywhere are tired of corporations turning our beautiful planet (upon which we solely depend) into a giant, toxic, dumping-ground just to ensure a wider profit margin for the already obscenely rich.
We’re tired of not having any recourse against increasing corporate abuses.
Well, now there’s an action we can take that moves global citizens from “victims 2 activists” just by doing what we already do…everyday! And it’s as simple as going to the market.
The choices we make as consumers have a profound effect on the quarterly profits of a corporation. Ralph Nader suggested that even a 2% shift can influence the business decisions and strategies of Ceos and company shareholders. Imagine putting into effect a global boycott that sends profit-obsessed shareholders scrambling to find customer-demanded, environmental-friendly solutions to a consumer complaint in a desperate bid to restore their quickly-dwindling profit margins. A small drop in profits can even set off a panic-driven selling frenzy on Wall Street.
Now, THAT’S political power!!
Isn’t that a much stronger position to take than just sitting around waiting for the fulfillment of casually tossed-off campaign promises? Promises espoused by corporate-funded candidates whose only job is to serve the billionaire-interests of those who put them in office in the first place? Do you really think candidates vetted for a race that requires over 2 billion dollars to win is going to serve the people?
In today’s global market the mandate of a corporate-funded politician is to deregulate domestic and foreign markets, crush labor and to look the other way when it comes to public safety, quality control and the wholesale devastation of our planet.
Why is that? Because Profit Comes From Somewhere! It comes from exploitation. It comes from downward economic pressure on the working class and the systematic enslavement and domination of underdeveloped nations. It’s a Zero Sum game, folks! And it’s fixed!
Question: When do the rich get richer? Answer: When the poor get poorer!
Crunching Numbers always directly translates to Crushing People. It’s sort of the “Dirty Little Secret of Capitalism”.
But the good news is there’s a flaw in that system. And that flaw is this: billionaire wealth depends on our co-operation. It depends on customers…without consumer dollars a corporation will fail.
What if we turn the tables on the rich? What if we throw them back into the Shark Tank? What if we stop buying certain products en masse…products manufactured by corporations who oppress workers or endanger our eco-system?
What if we, then, turn around and purchase products from companies that incorporate new technologies, that not only protect the planet, but nourish and replenish her sadly ravaged resources? (I’m not talking about the “green wash” products that punish eco-concerned citizens with exorbitant prices. We’re better off learning how to make those products ourselves.)
Governments may refuse to prosecute fraud-committing, Ponzi-scheme promoting, white-collar financial criminals…but we can still, as consumers, exact some sort of social justice by organizing Direct Impact actions on global markets.