Fuck it, since we're kind of going all-in here, here's a crude thing I typed a few moments ago; it's really directed at people I know, via social media, but maybe it's of interest or use or inspiration, or...something:
Remember that amidst the tumult, and the shocks and blows, there are longer-term, slower, steadier movements with which you can and should remain engaged.
They may not always be obvious, and they take some methodical work, but they've already been so ingrained in my nature (I'm talking years here), that it's just part of the process.
To say that slow, steady, critical interrogation of information is step one should go without saying. But:
Slow, steady, critical interrogation of information is step one.
The next steps are varied.
Remember your wallet. It has power. Make purchasing choices that accord with your values. Divest where you can.
We did that in the 80s, as a way of pressuring MNCs to divest from apartheid South Africa. The pressure helped. The public cutting up of credit cards became a first act of protest.
Don't forget to figure out where things are made. Who made them. What that company supports.
This has been part of the texture of my commercial, transactional life for years.
It's as important today as it ever was.
Simple rules: buy as locally as possible. Buy from independents as much as possible. Buy from sources aligned with your ethical practices and beliefs.
If you need to issue yourself simple, crude blanket directives to make it easier, do that.
Do not buy anything made in or sold by a retailer in a red state.
Simple, crude, but direct, and consequential. You've cut off revenue for someone who supports what you're fighting.
If it's a relatively small market for a niche product in which everyone is aware of everyone else (i.e., high end pro audio market), make your decisions known.
Later, when you start to get more comfortable with the process, and it becomes second nature, you can begin to refine it, and make more subtle distinctions, although I personally remain a fan of the broad-strokes Buy Nothing from a Red State plan.
Another way to help yourself get started is to impose limits: close your Amazon account. It will force you to find alternatives.
Use your purchasing power.
Continue thinking critically and interrogating everything, including assumptions and implications.