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Tue Nov 28, 2017, 05:56 AM

Partisan boycotts and stupidity

This post has its origins in the title of a DUmmy post, but is really applicable to both sides of the partisan divide. It’s simply that this made me both laugh and sneer:

“TIME is no more. Just sold to a Koch Bros. entity. Cancelling my subscription...if I had one.”
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029891203

Everyone, if you don’t normally buy a product, YOU CAN’T BOYCOTT THAT PRODUCT!

For example, if you’re on the Right and never go to Starbucks because it’s too expensive or you don’t like their coffee, you can’t boycott them because of their “War on Christmas” or their hiring policies. If you’re on the Left and you don’t eat at Chick-fil-A because you don’t like their chicken, you can’t boycott Chick-fil-A because of their approach to employee health care.

A personal example: I think McDonalds is one of the greatest purveyor of evil on the planet, but I haven’t been in one this century not because of that view but because I think their burgers are crap (if one needs to poison one’s body with fast food, give me Burger King any day).

Selection of a product based upon the product manufacturer’s political stance is ultimately self defeating. If you like the Hannity brand of coffee maker but hate Hannity’s views, wtf. You’re not buying Hannity, you’re buying a coffee maker. Same with the NFL, singers, movie stars, gold coins, Disney, etc. If politics has so ingrained itself in your psyche that you are making buying decisions on it, get help.

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