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Current Boycotts from "Ethical Consumer": http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts/currentboycotts.aspx 

Air Transportion: "Flyers Rights"


www.FlyersRights.com

Automotive: "Hybrid Cars"


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Environmental: "Climate Counts"


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Environmental: "EcoWatch"

www.EcoWatch.com

Political (conservative): "Reason"

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Political (progressive): "Mother Jones"

www.MotherJones.com

Political (progressive): "The Nation"

www.theNation.com

Political (progressive): "Public Citizen"

www.citizen.org

Political (general): "New
Republic"

www.newrepublic.com

Political: "Pinocchio Fact Checking"

www.FactCheck.org 

www.PolitiFact.com

www.Snopes.com


Shopping: "Good Guide"

http://www.goodguide.com/


Shopping: "Shop Smart"

http://www.shopsmart.org


Shopping: "Greener Choices"

www.greenerchoices.org

Technology: "C/NET" (product reviews)

www.cnet.com

Technology: "EnGadget" (product reviews)


www.engadget.com

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Getting Back in Touch with Your Consumer Advocate

www.SoberMoney.org is about "Consumer Activism" 

Wikipedia defines "consumer activism" as:

"Consumer activism is activism undertaken on behalf of consumers, to assert consumer rights."

The key to consumer activism is in the phrase "consumer rights":

"Consumer rights are protections guaranteed by laws and organizations designed to ensure the rights of consumers as well as fair trade competition and the free flow of truthful information in the marketplace.

These laws are designed to prevent businesses that engage in fraud or specified unfair practices from gaining an unfair advantage over competitors; they may also provide additional protection for the weak and those unable to take care of themselves."

In the years between World War 2 and the Reagan presidency, consumer protection laws were viewed as a form of government regulation, which aimed to protect the rights of consumers. But such government protections have been severely eroded - as the majority of politicians (initially at the federal and state level) increasingly succumbed to the legal bribery called "corporate lobby money." And more recently, the almost total corruption of citizen voter activism by the Citizen's United rulling now gives the US neo-oligarchs the ability to choose who runs in the political duopoly system. 

As such, America is no longer a representative democracy. America is now a corporate plutocracy.  

Going forward, if we are not to become a corporate totalitarian state with the various levels of government functioning as as their regional police forces, consumer rights and protections will need to see a massive resurgence through citizen-direct economic activism such as

1) consumer boycotts and "buycotts" (e.g. buying only local small business or non-Wall Street products and services),

2) locally organized acts of direct civil disobedience, and

3) investor activism, as described elsewhere in this website

These actions will be done with the formation of self-help consumer activist organizations, which will force corporations and businesses to act responsibly - or lose customers, clients, and money.

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