Hi @aristefans, thanks for posting and welcome to the forum!
It’s indeed important to point out how it could be better. I often see people blaming the 1% for all kind of issues. But we, the 99%, are buying and using their services. Without business, they wouldn’t have the influence and power we seem to disagree with. In the end we’re all playing the same game, but some are just better at it.
Of course we cannot simply choose alternatives for everything. Because the market mechanism has pushed out competition and suppresses it with patent wars and such. Or the market leaders uphold low fees which the competition can’t match without facing bankruptcy, which is the goal of that tactic of course. Bleed out the competition and then raise the prices again.
A good example is this forum. We can complain about the 1% on Facebook/Reddit/Whatsapp/Instagram/Telegram/Discord/etc. and thus feeding the 1% money and power, or we become the change and move to something that runs on renewable power, respects privacy and uses open-source software.
Anyway, long story short
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
On our @chapter_netherlands website we have a list of things we as individuals may do to use the market system and steer it towards long lasting change. By that I don’t mean we should work within the system. I try to explain that we cannot blame companies for what they are if we are their consumers while there are better alternatives available.
The suggestions can be found here, it’s the bullet list at the bottom. And of course, it’s fine tailored to #nl
For the record, I’m not saying we shouldn’t do civil disobedience like Extinction Rebellion. I’m saying that before we find an outlet for the frustration, we can do some meaningful changes now already in our personal lives which are non-violent and persistent.