Want to Protest Trump? Nix Black Friday, #CancelXmas Shopping

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Forget street protests. Protest Trump by not buying stuff this holiday season. It’ll hurt, but there’s no more effective way to block his racist, misogynistic, anti-science agenda. Here’s why.

aNewDomain — A whine is not an effective protest.

Burning an AT&T service wagon is a whine against incoming President Donald Trump. It isn’t a protest that will achieve anything that matters.

Street protests won’t get Trump to put aside the sorts of racist, misogynistic and anti-science policy changes he threatens.

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No, if you really want to protest Trump, there’s only one way to do it. And that’s to stop shopping.

That’s right. Boycott Black Friday. Forgo Christmas shopping. Just #CancelXmas in a commercial sense altogether. Buy nothing non-essential this holiday season — or longer, if necessary.

It will be hard. But it will work. It might be the only weapon left.

Look, America is a country run by money and driven by money. All major decisions relate to money. If corporate America sees a loss of profit or increased costs, it always responds. It has to: Preservation of shareholder value is its sole motivation.

If all the people who are telling themselves — and telling their kids — that they stand in opposition to the election of Donald Trump as president, a true boycott of national proportions will work.

Only a protest on this scale will show the nation’s power brokers how serious you are. And it can do a lot more than just raise awareness. If this boycott has a specific goal, say, of getting rid of the antiquated Electoral College or forcing Trump to axe the alt-right extremists from his staff or making sure the US keeps working to abate climate change, you will see the changes you want before you know it.

There are a lot more anti-Trump Americans than pro-Trump Americans. And their buying power is much, much larger.

Why it will work

protest trump cancel christmas protest donald trump by boycotting christmas shopping #cancelxmasThe Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen steadily since the election. So, corporate America must love the result.  And why shouldn’t it?

Candidate Trump promised to take the most pro-business country in the developed world and make it even more pro-business. Trump promises to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, cut regulations for food safety and net neutrality, cut legal protections for workers, cut consumer protection and cut progress toward stemming global warming. Big business has got to love it. I mean, what’s not to love?

And yes, as a commenter on Twitter, pointed out, a holiday shopping boycott would hit Pres. Barack Obama’s financial numbers. That’s okay. If anti-Trump protesters make it very clear they are targeting Trump and his policies, not current leadership, Trump’s people will get the message.

The thing is to start the boycott now, so you can nip anti-science or racist Trump policies and people before they harm anything.

Fighting the corporate takeover

Make no mistake about it: Trump’s election amounts to a corporate takeover of the federal government.

Tired of buying politicians through campaign donations, the surrogates in Washington have simply been absorbed into a large corporate confederation. No need for lobbyists when the corporates and their alt-right foot soldiers directly run the enterprise.  That’s one way to drain the swamp. I guess.

There’s one way you can stop it. It’s the only way. It’ll hurt, but it’ll work.

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If a sizeable portion of the country stops buying stuff, corporations will feel the pain immediately. And they’ll put pressure on the Trump administration to do anything that could stop the boycott.

As profits sink, corporate America will first respond with an advertising blitz for their products followed by incentive sales offers.

You’ll ignore all of this if you really want change.

At some point, Corporate America will burn even more money on something like a “Morning in America” ad blitz where they try to sell a recovery that hasn’t happened. This will cost money.

You’ll ignore that, too.

It bears repeating that folks who don’t support Trump have far greater disposable incomes than the folks who did.

Plus, there are a lot more of them.

Corporations will see the writing on the wall. A nationwide freeze on shopping during the No. 1 shopping season will impact profits to such a degree that they’ll have no trouble gettboycotting in line and using their hefty influence on US government to help you get whatever you want.

And if it doesn’t work at first, you can keep doing it in more targeted ways.

Rest assured, there’s no law that says you have to buy stuff. You won’t go to jail. But not buying stuff will be infinitely more effective than any other protest method available to you.

But What About Christmas?

That’s going to be easier than you think.

Maybe you’ve already been thinking of ways to underscore to your kids just how dangerous you feel Trump will be for women, minorities and anyone else who doesn’t fit in with the white-supremacist agenda his new chief of staff, Steve Bannon, champions.

Maybe you’ve been looking for a message you can send them that shows just how frightening his anti-science stances on climate change are?

You’ve found it.

Make this year’s holiday celebration an old-fashioned, beautiful one. Take the money you saved on plastic toys, expensive electronics, video games and other junk and spend it on memorable experiences for the whole family. (Just don’t buy airplane tickets, travel gasoline, or stay in corporate-owned hotels.)

Think local. Museums. Parks. Family dinners. Puzzles. Plays. Music.

You might also give donations to grass roots organizations that actually do some good.

In the New Reality, these organizations will be even more important than they have been in the past. Plus you’ll get a tax deduction and that lowers government revenue.

Just make sure you donate to an authentic grass roots organization, and the only way to guarantee authenticity is to donate locally. You might want to donate to an organization that helps displaced workers, as things might get nasty before this all done. Corporations will use their employees as human shields if it’s necessary to preserve shareholder value.

Because you won’t be going to movies or professional sports events — that’s buying, too — you’ll have extra time. Put it to good use and make sure your family grasps the import of this ultimately rebellious act.anti trump boycott stop buying cancel christmas how to protest Trump

And have fun. Doing well, as they say, is the best revenge.

If you can’t bear to go without sports, take in a local high school game. They’re often more exciting anyway.  For a movie substitute, visit a local theater production. Patronize local musicians.

Think about your goals. What do you want?

The protest needs an object. There are a lot of choices, but how about a constitutional amendment to ditch the electoral college?

That would go some way to make the country fairer and more democratic.

The electoral college thwarted not only a would-be Pres. Clinton, but also would-be presidents like Gore, Tilden, Jackson (the first time), and Pres. Cleveland (the second time).

Except for Jackson, the electoral college has always worked against the relatively more progressive candidate, emphasis on “relatively.”

Hmm. What does that suggest?

Other goals those protesting Donald Trump could get behind: Barring any white supremacist figure from a role in the new administration, demanding that the U.S. stay on board with climate change policies domestically and internationally, ensuring that women retain control over their bodies, making sure the stupid wall never gets built and, well, the list goes on and on.

It’s a page out of Gandhi’s book

Most of Gandhi’s protests for Indian independence involved product boycotts – and this tactic worked to bend the world’s largest empire to accept Indian independence.

Gandhi’s Salt March rattled British colonial officials and served as a rallying point for further independence protests. Who knew that simply not buying salt could have such an impact. His general boycott of British goods, including British cloth, proved devastating to the British, and was the critical element that drove India’s independence movement forward.

Who knew that simply not buying stuff could have such an impact?

You know.

The question is whether Americans have the guts and persistence to do it.  Corporate America is counting on your addiction to their stuff. Don’t let them push you around. You’re officially free.

For aNewDomain, I’m Tom Ewing.

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Note: For a list of all anti-Trump boycotts going on as of Nov. 16, 2016, see this Google Doc from the folks at #GrabYourWallet. –Ed.

About the author

Tom Ewing

Based in San Francisco, Tom Ewing leads our legal coverage here at aNewDomain.net. He also is a commercial lawyer specializing in intellectual property and the founder of avancept.com. IAM Magazine has named Tom one of the world’s top 250 IP strategists each year since 2009. Email him at Tom@aNewDomain.net. He’s +Tom Ewing on Google+

9 Comments

  • es – by all mean cancel Christmas. I am not really sure what you tell all the CHILDREN, but wth, who cares. You better stop spending right now. Everyone. No gifts., no toys, no turkeys, every eats meatloaf. Don;t worry about all the people put out of work of this were to happen, the store employees, factory workers, ad people, truckers, shippers, order takers, etc etc. Hey- just take all your money and good tidings and give it to the ACLU – because we are SURE they are all on the up and up. Give your kids and grandkids a picture of an elephant and tell them their toys and clothes were passed over to save that life through the Sierra Club, they won’t mind. Now of course the millions of Trump supporters kids will still get all they want, but hey, that 6 year old has got to learn right?

  • Sure. Resist the democratic process. But consider – Facebook is corporate. Corporate America gives you net access, medical care, cars, music. All the things you precious little flowers crave. TOM EWING is a corporate guy!! But please! Whine on! Bite the hand that feeds you! Dumb yourselves completely to death! Keep pushing for a dictatorship because your stupid, criminal little fraud didn’t win! The grown ups are really enjoying the show! Before we cut off your funding.

  • Dude, you are talking to people who want, want, want. And not only do they want, they want it for free and they want it right now. These people are to self absorbed and shallow to think beyond the next thing that they want. Do you actually think any of these people will quit buying anything? You have lost your mind.

    If people had been smart back when the cost of gasoline went through the roof they would have quit going to work and quit buying gas at those prices. Then we could have forced them to bring prices back down.
    But everyone was “to afraid,” afraid of losing their jobs, afraid of not getting a paycheck and not being able to
    buy food for their families.
    What they didn’t realize is if everyone worked in harmony with each other the whole nation would have been brought to its knees and the elected officials would have had to do something to get people back to work.

    No sir, you will not get anyone to do anything because everyone is too damn selfish and self absorbed in
    their own worries to put anything else of importance ahead of what is important to them.
    Heaven forbid that they should go without something for 1 day or 1 week……..

  • The People’s Boycott for Justice – Proposal

    As long as Congress is corrupted by the power of money and the power of
    Wall Street by campaign contributions and lobbyists’ influence, the
    people must mobilize in order to mandate legislation favorable to the
    99%, not the 1%.

    The time has arrived for WE THE PEOPLE to work
    for justice. Members of Congress are collecting their salaries even as
    they refuse to do their jobs.

    “The People’s Boycott for Justice”, demanding that our political leaders return to work for the benefit of The 99%.

    Demand That Congress:
    • nationalize the six major offending banks of Wall Street
    • break up the large banks into smaller banks lessening risk of a “Taxpayer Bailout”

    • repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and let Congress take back the
    power to print and coin money that was given to Congress under the US
    Constitution
    • repeal the “Citizens United” ruling that
    “Corporations are People” and prohibit political involvement via
    unlimited cash contributions from corporations
    • take money out of politics – reform current Campaign Finance laws

    • re-enact the Glass Steagall Act: separating Commercial Banking
    activities from Investment Banking activities that risk depositor’s
    funds
    • ban risky derivatives and their trading

    Immediate Action You Can Take

    Until the above demands are achieved, we will not spend a cent on
    non-vital Products, Services and Travel associated with Big Business!
    We encourage all purchases to be done using the “Buy Local” strategy, empowering small merchants in your local community!
    We encourage a “”Buy Made in America” philosophy to strengthen the US Economy!

    Please share with all your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors
    as mass participation is key to government for the people.

    “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • Geez, how old are you? Not only is this stupid, people will just shop online. You won’t hurt Trump because this is like a small child saying they will hold their breath until they pass out or die and that will show you…except that all the child is hurting is themselves. Blocking businesses is illegal to, but hey, if you want to spend the Holidays in jail then by all means…go for it. This won’t change anything. Grow up already and stop the ridiculousness. You are setting a horrible example for kids. The MSM has you all wound up over nothing.

    • WHAT?
      Determining HOW I spend my own money is ILLEGAL…screw you!
      Not only do I BOYCOTT Christmas every Year but I boycott several businesses YEAR ROUND.
      WHY? Because I loathe the corporatization and commodification of every aspect of our lives- that is why.
      In our PATHETIC sham of a “FREE MARKET” (which is really a rigged market) with our PLUTOCRATIC government,, choosing to not buy things is one of the things I actually CAN do.

  • How about you hurting the Small businesses in this country! I am self employed and and if people like yourself do not spend money then you are helping to Close down Small Businesses. And how many people are going to lose their jobs! Many people take holiday jobs to be able to put food on the table. You are Not going to hurt Corporate America as they have plenty of money to cushion them. As usual ( because it does not effect you directly) people Do Not Think of the Consequences to others. Selfish. I would have had more respect for you if said instead to Support Small Businesses at this time instead of Boycotting Everyone.