Corporatism's favourite weapon is money. They use money to make more money. Often that comes in the form of financing compliant legislators or skewing, even perverting public opinion. It's the time tested way of overcoming or sidestepping inconvenient democratic restraints. Oh, let's be honest - call it democracy rape.
Well you can fight back. Just ask Wisconsin's firefighters. A number of them discovered that Madison's M&I Bank, recently acquired by Bank of Montreal, was one of the major financial backers of union-busting Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker. And so they marched on the bank in protest. And then they marched into the bank and withdrew their savings. Bank drafts all around! Cashier's cheques please.
It seems the M&I bank branch went catatonic, shutting its doors and closing for the day at 3 p.m. Two retired firefighters withdrew $600,000 between them. Now M&I is losing those deposits but it also knows its competition is getting that money. Ooopsie, not nice.
That's how you fight back or at least it's one way. There are others. What if even a quarter of Liberal and NDP supporters took the time to identify Harper's biggest corporate supporters and walked out on them, forever? At the very least they would have to think twice, knowing that they're not "consequence free" any longer