Maria Vicente, a graduate of the DNS 2011 team, shared her thoughts on how to resist capitalism in daily life.
1) You cannot find better ways to fight capitalism than getting familiar with the 5 R’s:
Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle
2) Be critical towards globalisation and its effects on global diversity. Keep yourself informed.
3) Protect the minorities! And empower those who are stigmatised.
4) Get yourself a reachable challenge (e.g. no plastic for a month, no meat for a week).
5) Remember that there are unlimited amount of ways to resist capitalism. It is important to take small steps and appreciate them!
6) Choose a more responsible bank – for example one that doesn’t support wars.
7) Preserve and embrace ethnic diversity.
8) Don’t throw away stuff: find a new life for it.
9) Save water and energy.
10) Join a collective working together to improve the world.
11) Make your own hygiene products.
12) Install and use solar panels in your house.
13) Make your own household cleaning materials.
14) Wash clothes only when it is needed. Air clothes that you have only used once.
15) Wash clothes on a low temperature.
16) Don’t produce garbage (instead: compost, recycle, donate).
17) Grow your own food.
18) Buy organic food (not GMO) and avoid food from big corporations.
19) Organise urban gardens in your city, and inspire those around you to grow food.
20) Go to live in the countryside and strive for self-sufficiency.
21) Make food packages instead of buying take-away food.
22) Get involved in foraging activities with your school, neighbours, community, etc.
23) Avoid sugar! It harms your body and mind.
24) Take good care of your health. The healthier you are, the more you can do to improve the world.
25) Get to know your neighbours. Capitalism promotes individualism and loneliness. If you get together with those around you, you will all become stronger.
26) Be in control of your own life. Don’t let yourself be ruled by trends, fashions, and the mainstream opinions and ways of living.
27) Take time to truly follow your own path. Your future belongs to you, don’t allow yourself to be put into a box.
28) Be together with other people about your difficulties, and theirs. If you share your problems, they become smaller.
29) Promote togetherness in your neighbourhood, community, village, city, etc.
30) Disconnect from internet. Connect with People and nature.
31) Speak out when you see something wrong.
32) Get involved in other people’s lives.Your brothers and sisters have for sure found some ways to fight capitalism, acknowledge and respect them for it.
33) Refuse to accept stereotypes.
34) Free yourself from what is expected from you!
35) Avoid spending money.
36) Dumpster dive and talk about dumpster diving.
37) Buy local products.
38) Buy second-hand clothes.
39) Buy things of a good quality that will last longer.
40) Buy fair trade products.
41) Avoid buying NEW electronics.
42) Don’t follow fast fashion.
43) Avoid products that exploit people and nature (coffee, chocolate, etc.)
44) Don’t follow trends that disappear fast.
45) Avoid gender targeted products.
46) In case you have a baby: Avoid disposable diapers and wet towels.
47) In case you have a baby: Buy second hand clothes, stroller, car seat, etc.
48) In case you have a baby: Avoid baby targeted products.
49) In case you have a baby: Re-sell or gift your used baby things.
50) In case you have a baby: Avoid food jars, plastic fruit pouches and all sorts of “baby food”.
51) In case you have a baby: Avoid formula milk! Breastfeed!
52) Support small businesses.
53) Avoid buying things during date-specific consumerist periods (Valentine’s day, Christmas).
54) Get as many things for FREE as possible.
55) Give away as many things for FREE as possible.
56) In case you are a woman: Use reusable menstrual products (moon cup, cloth pads, etc).
57) Support collective owned companies.
58) Don’t buy stuff made in sweat shops (clothes, electronics).
59) Go for Open Source programmes, and all things that are made for people, not for profit.
60) Get to know who owns which companies (for example, Unilever owns many small companies that look “innocent”).
61) In case you are a woman: Get to know your body and your cycle works! Be aware of which contraceptive method you use!
62) Pay CLOSE attention to which medicines you use, and why!
63) Take good care of stuff so it can last longer
65) Use car-sharing
66) Bicycle more often.
67) Use public transport.
68) Buy an electric car.
69) Fuel your car from state-owned oil companies.
70) Walk more.
71) Avoid travelling by plane and if you do so, choose a responsible company.
72) Avoid plastic of all sorts.
73) Boycott big corporations (Nestle, Coca Cola, Pantene, Starbucks, etc.)
74) Avoid disposable products.
75) Avoid all sorts of useless packaging.
76) Actively protest war and tell your family and friends about the ugly business behind it.
77) Actively protest companies that dig oil (for example, by trying to stop the ships from leaving the harbour) – or simply tell people about it!
78) Actively protest companies that mine and transport coal, uranium, nuclear waste, or other harmful materials (for example, by trying to block the trains that transport it) – or simply tell people about it!
79) Actively protest heavy machinery from entering the forest to cut it – or simply tell people about it!
80) Avoid buying stuff that travels too much before arriving to you.
81) Never buy plastic water bottles, and other one-time use products.
82) Protect the public sectors by using and nourishing them (hospitals, schools, state owned companies)
83) Talk with restaurants and supermarkets in your area about how to reduce food waste.
84) Form collectives (in your community, work place, block buildings, etc). It is by far one of the most efficient ways to fight capitalism. Collectivism is the biggest threat to their success.
85) Share economy (in your family, work place, village, block buildings, etc).
86) Share house and your private facilities.
87) Buy food in big quantities together with your friends, neighbours, family, etc.
88) Share kitchen utensils with your neighbours
89) Share electronics with your neighbours
90) Talk about using renewable energy in your working place
91) Don’t settle for jobs that don’t respect your rights
92) Don’t be afraid to lose a job that pays you a small salary. Ask support from those around you in case you find yourself in this situation, and want to quit your job
93) Be active in your working place, and get fully involved in what you do, and why you do it
94) Speak out for workers’ rights!
95) In case you are a woman: refuse to receive a lower salary than a man! (with the same skills)
96) In case you are an immigrant: refuse to receive a lower salary than a local! (with the same skills)
97) Join, or create, a workers’ union.
98) Watch documentaries, read articles! Get informed! Be intellectually active!
99) Share this article and give ideas to your friends in the many ways there exist to fight capitalism!
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