I have two things to say today:
- If you use a credit card today; if you spend cash at a mall today; if you acquiesce in the lie of “just buy stuff to show your love,” you are guilty. You are sending the message to fascists and those who would oppose them that you are going to make fascism the “new normal.” Nothing to see here; move along. Everyone will continue to buy and behave. As Wendell Berry wrote: “When they want you to buy something/they will call you./When they want you/to die for profit they will let you know.”
I don’t care if what you use your credit card for today is to buy a lovely, handmade bit of artisanship from a nice Pagan. You’ve sent the message that you will be a good consumer, even under a fascist regime. And it’s disingenuous to say, “Oh, we’re not encouraging anyone to buy today. We’re just saying that if you do comply today, well, here are some nice things to buy.” Bullshit.
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