otter wrote:Boycotts, especially political ones, just don't work. The last time there was a mass boycott of CFA... their restaurants across the country had record breaking sales days. My politics are probably different than most of you, but I typically don't buy products based on a company's political beliefs. I buy Ben and Jerry's ice cream because it's delicious even though I think Ben and Jerry are a couple of smug New England socialists.
I do see the irony of progressives supporting boycotts when they've spent most of the past 30 years crying "censorship" whenever conservatives boycotted companies with obvious left-wing bias.
Well, what can I tell ya, Ben and Jerry ARE a couple of New England socialists (in the European sense of the word though, not the Russian sense), and their Americone Dream melts in my mouth.
I really don't know of when liberals accused conservatives of censorship because of a boycott, but as a liberal, my response to conservatives wanting to boycott companies with liberal values has always been: be my guest. I couldn't imagine anything better than conservatives en masse boycotting Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley tech firms with super liberal social values as well as any medication if the pharmaceutical company making it also happens to make birth control pills.
On the other hand, I do understand your point that boycotts usually don't work. Despite being an environmentalist, I still need to buy gas and home heating oil. When I "boycott" a place, it's more a personal statement than a futile attempt to put a business out of business.
What I call buycotts
, on the other hand, work. I tend to pick places I like to do business with based on my values. Hence Costco and Starbucks.