Rather to wear out than to rust out
Putin sleeps just fine...just like any tech CEO responsible for Foxconn suicides. Putin isn't really worse than typical US CEO - the same type, just the latter kill people in slow ways, including poisoning people with toxic chemicals which are everywhere in the US now. I remember Soviet Union (which I helped to overthrow - during 1991 coup with Molotoff cocktails against tanks)... US corporate slavery is the worst thing because it slowly kills and destroys your soul while making you live in kafkaesque web of lies and constantly suppressing and turning upside down all your moral principles (and love for humiliation and keeping your mouth shut is required as well). I remember Soviet Union...it was bad but the real fascism/almost stalinist type of control - I saw it here. I went to top school here...they had a policy of ratting your college peers out for "cooperating on homework", etc, the eye opening started from that point and went on. But the tech industry...it's the worst because it escapes labor law protections more than other industries, it has more discrimination and people are literally exempt from overtime pay laws, and then it discards people like used material - all while it drives home and rent and everything prices up, displacing local residents and creating homelessness, overcrowding and air pollution (99% of tech jobs can be done remotely - why do you think they're not allowing full remote usually in the US? Because they need to keep a tab of slaves while ruinining the local area - the reason NYC didn't want Amazon, destroyer of local culture)
Wow, that is honored that you helped to break tanks in Moscow. At that time, I weared diapers. I know guys who work for another tech company with better conditions though they also have problems (but lesser). From USSR history I personally took the lesson of Solzhenitsyn. Most people remember him as a guy highlighted the true about oppression. However for me his most important phrase is: "We will be remembered as a generation of cowards" though this phrase is not well cited for obvious reasons. He blamed himself as well for lack of opposition. There always was and always will oppression in any form. It is human nature - to dominate in pride, control others. Whether by sword or by money. USSR, Amazon, Roman Empire - there is no question of whether oppression exists. The more important question is whether we oppose. If we don't, we support oppressors ("generation of cowards"). Thus I personally fight not with oppressor only (though with him also). Mainly I fight with the coward who is myself.
"We will be remembered as a generation of cowards" can be said about a lot of generations...it's more of an average state of humankind. Definitely the required state of a worker in a typical corporation here (a lot of conformity and speech policing). You're doing very important thing openly fighting Amazon. While you can't knock them down completely/they're too powerful, these companies' behaviors get curbed by lawsuits and protests: next time they will fear to do the same thing to others. It'll take many more actions and protests to really change what's happening with these companies and overall... In 1991, there was little question about what's to be done. I heard the tanks at night. Next day/morning found they cut off all information except Swan Lake ballet and junta press-conference repeated on all TV channels - I went to the train station in the Moscow suburb and I was the only person who wanted to take that usually popular train to Moscow - there was only one train instead of many and it was empty, everyone feared to go there. In Moscow, however, I saw that groups of people were moving towards parliament and had already put up huge barricades... Regarding USSR (before Gorbachev): don't think it was really possible to conduct opposition back then - the only way was to try to escape it (they put dissenters into mental hospitals, on strong damaging drugs, doing permanent damage).I've listened to your video about stress and fear - very good explanation - and I see how you can find the strength to do solo protest: it takes a lot of guts to do so.
I agree I can't knock them down completely because they're powerful. But I already feel myself the winner. I could lose the battle against multi-billion corporation. But I feel I already won the battle against myself. In the end of the life I will not regret about inactivity. And yes, every small step is for the big result. My small input will help others in the future. For example, this was not my initiative to start protesting. I just saw the post of another guy made few years ago and almost lost on the Internet. And I just followed him. Next guy will follow me etc. It is very efficient because I did it alone and many thousands people now know about it. But what will happen if just hundred people would do the same protest every day? USSR was much dangerous. That's why for me it takes less courage to do it with Amazon. Even present Russia is more dangerous. I shared my opinion against Putin in Moscow and police immediately detained me. Here in Seattle police defends me, not oppose. And paying attention to situation in 1991, that was much dangerous. I don't know whether I would have enough courage to act in 1991 in Moscow. Probably not