129. The power of ethical individual economics

I am lucky to have significant acquisitive power and spare income. I see this not only as a privilege, but a responsibility to use my good fortune to influence my environment positively. One way is by making purchasing and investment decisions with not only my short-term self interest at heart, but the general interest. I buy sustainable products through socially better channels and invest in globally beneficial companies and initiatives which may not yield best short-term financial returns. By deploying my individual resources socio-politically, I can have small but significant impacts. This is long-term sensible and satisfying, I buy a chance to shape my world. My ability to earn above average is a combination of the right opportunities and a bit of fortune, not a god given right or the result of a superior intellect or work ethic, as too many believe. If all of us who can made a conscious decision to produce and consume strategically, we could have a great impact shaping our society

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Comments

Ana said…
I wish everybody had the same opinion than u. Anyway, I do think each of us can make a difference, although I may be naive...
SantiDominguezV said…
It is not naive. What is naive is thinking that we cannot. The establishment (or whatever you want to call it, basically those in power or those wanting power) want us to believe that we cannot make a difference. This results in citizens disengaging, hiding into entertainment and letting power rule and do as it pleases without controls. In our systems, citizens hold the power, not only with their voting and other control mechanisms (petitions, demonstration, strike, etc.) but also with our investment and purchasing decisions. For example, if we all stopped buying petrol, petrol companies would collapse, quickly. We just don't, because too many of us do not understand the power that we have

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