Fediverse, what are some small, manageable, easy everyday things that the average person can do to help end billionaires



Buy used, when you buy.

Repair things when you can.

Stop consuming media that was produced by billionaires and invest your time in open content.

Create open content.

Share the thing you've created with your friends.

Write a blog, instead of posting to facebook. Use mastodon instead of twitter.

Buy your food locally, and when it's in season.

Sorry to say but this is so utterly useless and only perpetuates the myth that individual consumer choices have the potential to impact the machine. You may do all you suggest and it won't make a dent as the things you're doing or advocating for are simply not in the same "sphere of economic activity". A thing that is sold is already sold (except when a subscription model is chosen). To repair it won't impact those who want to buy the new thing. So you're only taking yourself out of the consumer base.But as it grows nonetheless — or "the billionaires" choose to cater to smaller but high-end consumer groups; or they adapt and conquer the new market niche your interest created at first (see organic food) — your exit won't matter as it is already well compensated for. The suggestion that "think globally, act locally" (i.e., consume locall)y was already a folly in the 1980s. That the "counterculture" is still on this level of strategizing shows how little progress has been made sicne then.

@simsa04 @ajroach42 well it's not like I feel entitled to do something I reckon as plain wrong, even if most people did so and my disagreement wouldn't impact the current trend, or even the foreseeable worsening of the present scenario. Besides that, it's individual consumers who fuel consumerism, who create demand for big companies and keep the market alive. For the very little I can contribute, I like to try to give my example, and provide evidence that alternatives are feasible.

@ajroach42 @ifixcoinops reduce power consumption (lights off as you leave a room)

drop your heat by 2 degrees fahrenheit (layers are cheap and cozy)

increase you ac temp by 2 degrees (get more naked to cool off / fans)

left over food composted or fed to the local fauna/flora accordingly

use a dishwasher and not hand wash dishes (less water use)

air dry your clothes

ill second blog/sharing creative output ; open source/open hardware are also great for this ; contributions are just a valid as doing your own 'thing'
@ajroach42 herbs and spices grow indoors ; also a good way to keep food local

@kemonine @ifixcoinops @ajroach42 For the folks without a dishwasher (we didn't have one until just recently):

If you have a split sink, partially fill up one side with soapy water for cleaning and the other with clean water for dunk rinsing.

If you don't, partially fill with soapy water for cleaning and fill a small tub for dunk rinsing or only turn the water for rinsing as needed. Drain if the water gets too high.

Clean in order: cups > flatware > dishes > pots/pans/tools for best results

@edd @kemonine @ajroach42 For folks without a dishwasher but with space for one, white dishwashers are free if you keep an eye on rich-neighbourhood craigslist ;)

@ifixcoinops @kemonine @ajroach42 Man, that install can be a pain, though. Especially if the cabinets aren't installed well.

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