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BankRun 2010 – Take The Money & Run On December 7

Topics: Lifestyle & Culture | 1 CommentBy admin | December 2, 2010

Money talks, bullshit walks. In a circle. With a hand-painted sign. Maybe an intentional run on the banks could send a message that actually gets results.


A bank run? There’s an app for that.

With all the all the Commie Central Liberals, Tea Party Wingnuts, and Rand Paul Conservatives running rampant in this country, waving signs and shaking fists at whatever Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann point their fingers at, and with so much excitement about the Palin/Quayle 2012 campaign that marines are getting Sarah tattooed on their bums, it’s surprising that the BankRun2010 movement hasn’t gotten more press traction on this side of the pond. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a grass-roots movement inspired by this video clip (also below) in which French ex-footballer and deodorant model Eric Catona suggests that when a person takes part in conventional protests, they’re really just “swindling themselves”, since they’re using their time and perhaps money to engage in an act that is likely to have little real impact. His idea? An intentional run on the banks. His argument is that since banks hold all the real power in the world, the only way to change the system is by bringing down the banks. To that end, December 7 is the day that has been suggested as a day that we all withdraw our money for a day. Because what, after all, is a wealthy, smug, morally decrepit banker, with no money in his bank? Probably a less smug, morally decrepit person. As a borderline collapsitarian myself, I have to say I think this is one of the best protest ideas since the Gandhi era. On the purest level, there is absolutely nothing wrong with briefly taking your money from the clearly corrupt hands that hold it, simply to remind the bankers attached to those hands that the power is not theirs, it’s ours. In my (obviously opinionated) view, any argument against this as a rational form of protest is predicated on the idea that the banking system as it exists today is somehow of intrinsic benefit to humanity, and must be protected for the good of us all. And is most likely to be presented by the bankers themselves. It will be interesting to see what kind of turnout there really is; a protest with similar motives in Chicago last year had some brief momentum but ended up being a blip in the media. After the videos below, we’ve compiled a list of active Facebook pages for “BankRun 2010″ by country.

The video that set things in motion:

This what a bank run looks like with Jimmy Stewart in charge:

The Facebook groups so far…

ALBANIA

BELGIUM

BULGARIA

COLOMBIA

CZECH REPUBLIC

DENMARK

ENGLAND

FRANCE

FRANCE

GERMANY

GREECE

ICELAND

IRELAND

ITALY

LEBANON

LUXEMBOURG

MEXICO

NETHERLANDS

PORTUGAL

ROMANIA

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

SLOVAKIA

SWEDEN

URUGUAY

USA

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