Now I don't really have a formal, outside in public job, so it seems damned unlikely that anyone would notice if I went on strike. A pity, too, because it seems damned likely that we're going to bomb Iran pretty soon. There's a rumor that has made it even to the mainstream news that we'll bomb on Friday. And, of course, we haven't taken the nuclear option off the table, so if we're really lucky, maybe we'll commit the biggest war crime in history. Something to look forward to for you Christian types - how better to memorialize the death of Christ than to use nuclear bombs on people.
All of which has made me wonder this - why, instead of marching, don't we strike? Why do Americans who oppose their government's actions choose the method they can best ignore - peacefully yelling slogans, and not the ones that we can't afford to, the one that puts the all-important economy at risk.
If we really care about the Iraq war, and we really care about peace, we should refuse to engage in all commerce and economic activity until our leaders stop the damned war. That is, we should boycott *EVERYTHING* - don't buy gas, don't buy food, don't go to work. It will be hard, but by sharing and working together, a large percentage of the US could be taken offline with minimal hardship. We couldn't do it forever, but even a few days of a large percentage of the population refusing to shop and work would be enough to draw the real attention of our leadership. We have the power to hold our economy hostage, rather than to passively shrug and say we can't do anything about the war. We have the power to say no and make our leaders listen. But we haven't.