Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

It's just *possible* that I ticked someone off yesterday when they brought up how White privilege manifests itself in our consumer choices. That really wasn't my goal. It's just... we don't lead corporations and the mostly White people who run them via our choices, such as they are. It's the other way around. They're leading us around. It's been that way my whole life, and far longer, in fact.

Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

They greenwash with a mantra of personal responsibility designed to let themselves off the hook and to parade around cosmetic changes while fobbing off most of the heavy burden of long-lasting change on individuals.

If we don't find a way to challenge corporate thinking itself, and to directly confront its engineers, our personal choices aren't going to create the local or worldwide justice we want and need.

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

I mentioned this example before in another setting: I buy vegetarian "burgers," which come in a big, unnecessary plastic tray (and in plastic and paper wrap, to boot). The tray has a recycling stamp on it. Nobody in this town recycles it. Most plastics I bring home with me after a shopping trip are stamped with a recycling symbol, but they still end up in the trash because no one will assume responsibility for collecting the plastic.

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

Who decided it should be this way? Who decided that this state of affairs was purely the result of the individual buyers at big chain markets? It wasn't you, and it wasn't me. Though obviously, these are mostly decisions which originated with other White people.

I'm glad that we can interact with each other in this space and try to understand the impact of racism and our responsibility to end it...

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

Now if we could just create a force or platform that would make it possible for us to move beyond the mantra of individual choice as the driving wheel of world-saving. Now if we could just get in front of White Corporate leadership en masse and make its engineers heed us, the way we are trying (albeit in baby steps, and with setbacks) to heed and do better for oppressed people we meet on Fedi every day.

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

...And before anyone asks, I'm not disputing the need for us to make better buying choices if we can. Nor am I disputing the value of mass revolts against corporatism and environmental destruction led by POC. But obviously we need to do more ourselves, higher up the food chain, and it's clear we have yet to really address that with each other.

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

It can feel painful and disorienting to see our Whiteness as others see it. On the other hand, just imagine if we could see (and articulate) real challenges to White corporatism in our daily lives, even in the relatively modest ways we see challenges to Whiteness on this platform.

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Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

@xenophora Also, I think imperialism and settler colonialism, basically white/European institutions, are the major causes of climate change and the Holocene Extinction Event. Decolonization and a return to indigenous governance could probably "save the world" from the path towards complete extinction that we are currently on.

Corporatism, & Other Isms, Too. 

@doctorflappy

[nod] Thank Dog someone can see I'm not trying to audition for a Dirtbag Lefti$t podca$t here. I was scared to death that's how I'd come off. I probably *did* come off that way to the person who brought up consumer choices the other day. [sigh]

Corporatism is the descendant of the same racism which drove our Colonialism... even if the former's managers are determined to pretend otherwise by giving Blue Vest Dude speaking gigs, etc.

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