22 10 11 - 15:59Rebels are generally those who do not want to acquire power through the current system, but will risk trashing the whole civilization to that end. For this reason, rebellions usually end in disorganization because the rebels know what they don't want, not what they do.
If you really think the banks have a free hand to make money at the expense of the rest of us, you can just go out and buy their stocks right now and make a fortune.
After all, theyâve collapsed. Bank of Americaâs stock (XNYS:BAC - News) has been halved since the start of the year. At $6.40, the shares are trading at a third of book value (according to FactSet Research), about where they were at the absolute lows in March 2009. (Bank of America just reported $6.2 billion net income in the third quarter, returns on average equity of 22% and Tier One capital â a measure of balance-sheet strength â up to a decent 11.5%. Make of it what you will.)
Citigroup Inc. (XNYS:C) has lost a third of its value this year.
Even the Vampire Squid itself has covered its stockholders in red ink. Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (XNYS:GS - News) have lost a third of their value this year. The stock is trading below book value. - "Why Occupy Wall Street will fail"
It's a good point: banks need shareholders and investors in order to survive.
Which means that if we put half the effort into buying their stock that we put into protesting, they could easily be "owned by The People" within a few days.
The problem is that then, The People would see that banks are run the way they are for a practical reason: it works, and very little else does.
"B-b-b-ut there's a recession," stammers the neo-Communist. Sure. Much like nature, capitalism runs in boom and bust. So what? It rights itself, unless society has choked itself with so many incompetents that they have become parasitic.
The lawyers representing the British team decided that the Americans had no legal grounds for secession. "[President Abraham] Lincoln made the case against secession and he was right."
"The grievances listed in the Declaration were too trivial to justify secession," the British lawyers wrote. "The main one -- no taxation without representation -- was no more than a wish on the part of the colonists, to avoid paying for the expense of protecting them against the French during seven years of arduous war and conflict." - Fox News
I have to agree. Here's an alternate story of the American Revolution:
People saw a profit angle.
During a lean time, they whipped up a frenzy of hatred for their distant leadership. Should be easy.
Fortunately, unlike most revolutions, the rebels had a good plan for the future, thanks to having some truly great minds on their side.
Otherwise, the USA would have been neo-Communist in 1789 just as France was.
Beware of rebellions. With few exceptions, they are the work of incompetents who are too megalomaniac to simply improve the system, and instead want to re-work it in their own image.