A Capitalist Against Corporate Greed:
I own an Apple iPhone.
I have a MacBook that I take everywhere with me.
I drink Starbucks when my body needs a caffeine fix.
I eat McDonalds but prefer Corner Bakery when I’m hungry and away from home.
I smoke Camel cigarettes.
I am a proud member of Occupy Chicago. I am protesting in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the 1000-plus occupied cities in the US for economic equality for all people, for an elimination of corporate influence over government regulation, and against corporate greed.
The goods and services I use to facilitate my lifestyle are not mutually exclusive to my social activism. In fact, the situation is quite opposite.
I require nicotine, caffeine and food to fuel this body to take the streets chanting with my brothers and sisters in action. Step by step, mile by magnificent mile until our throats are scratched, our voices cracking from calling to passersby, the buildings, the very fabric of society.
“People over profits! Occupy Chicago!”
“Show me what democracy looks like!” “THIS is what democracy looks like!”
I would feed this machine with locally grown, organic, fair trade sustenance but there are no farmer’s markets on the corner of LaSalle and Jackson. However, I gratefully fill my body with others’ kindness: gifts of donuts, bagels, crackers, pizza, and boxes of coffee, gulped down quickly in between breaths of conversation with fellow Occupiers on how to improve our world.
I purchase a $1.89 cheeseburger at McDonald’s when I need to charge my phone, make a quick zine, send emails to fellow occupiers, or take notes on my Occupy Chi experiences.
I use my iPhone to snap pictures of my fellow occupiers. I upload them to Facebook, to my tumblr, to my website, and tweet them out. When I’m taking the El back to my car, I watch the Occupy Chicago livestream.
Certainly, there is a glaring inconsistency of using corporate products like my iPhone, fast food and coffee, and Big Tobacco cigarettes to fight the corporate influence and greed. However, contradiction or no, I will fight with every tool at my disposal to improve this system. If that means implementing the ones of my enemy, then so be it. I’ll eagerly use their products to dismantle their system.
I will use their hegemony to recreate it into ours.