You Are More Powerful than the State Would Have You Believe


Written by: Remington Alessi at


In the time since Frederick Douglass said that “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” over a century and a half have vindicated him in his declaration that “It never has, and it never will.” This is because, unfortunately, despite the best propaganda money can buy, the United States historically does not do the right thing unless people in charge are, quite literally, forced to do so.

It was only after strong backlash that the US backed off of the Indian Termination policy of the mid twentieth century. Woolworth’s department stores did not desegregate until economic pressure forced their hand, though the corporation still kept some stores segregated for years following the famous Greensboro protests. Not only is the Unites States at fault, direct action in London this past summer forced businesses to remove inhumane ‘anti-homeless spikes’.

It’s no secret that the economy affects everyone. This entire country grades its own performance on economics. Stock performance, interest rates, and GDP trump measures of academic success, housing access, and life expectancy. If one judges national priorities by the amount of concern, public officials direct at these metrics.

A former life as a bill collector taught me the importance of leverage. A man with a past due credit card might never want to pay off his credit card debt, but might quickly change his mind out of fear that his spouse might find out how he spent his money in Vegas. Just a little bit of information can completely change the balance of power. Knowing now that (a) the state will not do what is morally right unless it is forced to do so and (b) the economy is a valuable pressure point, we can leverage our position so as to be negotiating from a position of power. This country’s history of consistently responding to demands for justice is to respond with violence or the threat of violence means there is a weakness.

How many donut calories were burned trying to find out where everyone was really marching?

Scheduling protests, especially without coordinating with police draws down police resources, and can be expected to cost municipal governments a great deal of money. Police resources, including cell phone signal interception technology, can get expensive, and that keeps city officials from spending money on pet projects like corporate giveaways. This, in turn, can cost corporate money, above and beyond any losses incurred by projects like occupying a shopping mall, marching to the county courthouse, or even just walking around in the rain and making an army of butt hurt police chase you around. No matter how many or how few people appear at a protest, you cost money to deal with and the issue you’re trying to push becomes the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, as long as you are even perceived as a threat. As an old boss of mine often said while sipping on his beer, “fake it ‘til you make it.”

Either way, you win. You just have to be willing to get up and make the difference you always wanted to make.


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  1. I agree with what you’re saying and I think I have a solution… And it specifically starts with you. I wish there were a way to share it with you and only you

    • I have the same idea. But then I thought, if it starts with you and just you, and you already have that, my work here is done. 😀

  2. No more fascism anarchy is the new America ideals of freedom cannot be obliterated it cannot be corrupted because it stands firm with truth.

  3. I want to start participating in protests but I am new to this. How does one hear about upcoming local protests? Not super in the loop yet, bit of a noob to be honest.. -,-

  4. Dear Anons,
    I come to you with a plead of help.
    Earlier this week in the Catalonian tv,, Barcelona to be precise, was a documentary released about one of the biggest injustices I’ve seen in my whole life.
    To make things short, as always a corrupt police force, backed up by the government, tortured and incarcerated 5 innocent young people, for years and without a fair trial for crimes that the chief of police made up bullshit to convict them.
    Please, have a look at the doc, it’s in YouTube and it’s called: Ciutat Morta (dead city).
    This version is subtitled in English.
    Now, if you have taken the time to see it and feel as disgusted as I do, here is my call for help:
    On February the 4th, it will be the anniversary of these tragic events and I would like to Ddos Barcelona’s city hall website that day, so they remember that we don’t forget, we don’t forgive…
    What I would need is someone with a server capable of conducting the attack. I will provide the IPs and some machines, of course, whoever wants can also participate.
    If you would like to help, please contact me at:
    Peace to you all,

  5. The British Government soon started Talking to the IRA after they cut the optic fiber that connected the London banks to the rest of the world.

    All those deaths changed nothing. Hit them in their pocket Government soon change then.


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