To be honest I am getting a bit fed up of the ‘Anti-Capitalism’ protests.

Mainly because no one who is interviewed can actually say what they are ‘Pro’ instead. Which reduces them to a group of whingeing troublemakers trying to feel important sitting in tents while doing nothing… Much complaining but no solutions.

There’s a lot to be said for Capitalism. It is what allows me to write this blog to you, communicate on my iPhone, buy cornflakes for £1.50 a packet, travel and generally function.

Or buy a £89 dome tent from Milletts in which to protest in.

Look at countries which don’t have the same organisation of capital – for example Africa. Millions starve.

The problem is not Capitalism. The problem is the greed and abuse of power that kicks in where money is involved. It is where the needs of self (or the organisation/group) are put above the needs of others.

In blocking the church and cluttering the streets so businesses cannot function I am afraid the St Paul’s protesters are just another face of that same selfish ‘me-first’ coin.

The real power lies with the consumer – so the answer is simple.

Don’t place your money with banks who are corrupt. Don’t buy goods and services from companies which are unethical.

Spend your days creating value through serving others. Support local traders. Collaborate. Switch to natural sources of power. Grow your own vegetables. Make do and mend. Love others for what is in their soul, not how they look, or what clothes they are wearing. Be grateful for all the abundance in your life.

Live in harmony.

But meantime don’t destroy the system that serves so many so well and allows us all to function.

Have a lovely Sunday

Rachel x


6 thoughts on “Pro-Harmonism

  1. great post, i agree, the impact of ethical capitalism is huge and great

    of course, as george soros points out, people err towards greed and self interest in the ‘agency problem’, I see the current protest as mainly ‘anti cuts’, cuts required to pay for the banks, who say they are capitalist and then get bailed out instead of going bust

    I was at st pauls recently and several people there are very articulate and well educated, which explains their ability to get themselves in the press.

    but all in, eventually, protesting does not pay very well

  2. Couldn’t agree more Rachel. B.T.W I have read your book and found it very interesting. We live in Chesterfield,you may remember my wife who applied for a p.a position with you and you chatted about the website links on her CV.

    Kind regards

  3. Can I just add that while this ideal is achievable it does require something that many are simply unwilling to expend: effort!

    Effort in researching which banks are not self serving, unprincipled pond scum. Taking the time to shop in 15 disparate stores in the high street or even different towns rather than the one stop convenience of a supermarket.. Willingness to part with an extra 10p for a product that comes with a local store product vs’ the one off the Internet…

    Ultimately it seems people need to quit treating their time as if its just about leisure or work only and realise that the small “extras” we expend in time, effort and cash (in order of priority!) determine who governs our futures as communities, individuals and our families.

    Question is whether people will actually do it instead of just talking about how everyone ELSE should…

  4. then again, a lot of the anger is about the cuts, bailing out the banks and cutting welfare for the poor is not capitalism, tis robbery !

    up the revolution !

  5. I do think, the power of the occupy movement is rather limited by the people involved.

    I am doing things in partnership with the green party.

    ….being effective is importanto :)

    still, at least a few nice protest songs have come about due to occupy

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