It wasn’t long ago that we learned of Amazon‘s decision to remove all of Jared Taylor’s books from their platform. It was at that point that I decided to boycott Amazon to the best of my ability.
It turns out that we’re not the only ones who are upset with Amazon; Social Justice Books is also calling for such a boycott:
Amazon is a destructive force in the world of bookselling. Their business practices undermine the ability of independent bookstores—and therefore access to independent, progressive, and multicultural literature—to survive. Additionally, Amazon is harmful to local economies, labor, and the publishing world.
Back when Apple donated a million dollars to the SPLC, and to the ADL, many of us felt vindicated in not purchasing their products; we were already aware of Apple’s “progressive” policies.
But when I meet leftists, in my day to day life, I can’t present these as reasons to boycott Apple products. Instead, I point out that Apple has been harassing small businesses that dare to repair Apple products using after market parts. On top of that, Apple has been treating low-paid Chinese workers unfairly. Who, in Portland, is going to argue with Vice or with the Washington Post? Few people sympathize with a trillion-dollar corporation that abuses the most vulnerable people.
Starbucks has been a supporter of “progressive” policies for a long time. That, and the fact that they’re overpriced, is enough reason for enlightened people to avoid them.
When speaking to leftists, especially wealthy ones, these are not valid reasons to avoid Starbucks. Instead, point out to them that Starbucks is RACIST. They charge extra for non-dairy creamers, and this disproportionately affects non-whites. Along with their sordid history of calling the cops on blacks, we have a smoking gun. Apologies and Diversity Training are feeble attempts at hiding the obvious: Starbucks is owned by the KKK!*
Rideshare company, Lyft, has also long been a champion of “progressive” policies, having partnered with the SPLC, and donating to it. The public image Lyft seeks to portray is a pro-gay, progressive, pink do-gooder.
Not that Uber is much better; if you examine Uber’s published materials, you’ll notice that it rarely, if ever, uses young white men. The only white men you’ll see on Uber literature is old ones. However, Uber is not as obviously leftist as is Lyft.
You cannot use this fact to sway leftists to prefer Uber over Lyft. But you can point out that Uber is more fair to its drivers while Lyft has been angering its drivers:
Ben and Jerry’s made waves when it announced a new flavor of ice cream called “Resist.” It was a political statement against President Trump. Many of us on the right lost any inclination, we might once have had, to buy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
This reasoning won’t go far in convincing our leftist friends and relatives to use alternative brands of ice cream. But we can bring attention to how Ben and Jerry’s has treated the migrant workers who slave away at the dairy farms it sources its milk from:
Despite its hippie origins, the famous ice-cream company was sold in 2000 to the multinational food conglomerate Unilever. Executives insisted that the company’s corporate responsibility code protected workers well enough. Balcázar disagreed.
Migrant Justice activists protested outside Ben & Jerry’s stores in 16 cities. On International Workers’ Day 2015, speakers at a rally outside Ben & Jerry’s Vermont headquarters described working conditions in the company’s supply chain.
One worker, Víctor Díaz, told of injuries he’d received when glass milk bottles exploded and chlorine (used to disinfect milking rooms) sprayed his eyes. Others spoke of sleep deprivation, because of midnight milking. Twelve-to-14-hour shifts, without a day off, are common. And workers have been housed in barns and unheated trailers through long, frigid Vermont winters.
The list goes on and on. The truth of the matter is that none of us are free of sin. If an individual can never achieve perfection, how much more so a large corporation. The larger the organization, the more dirt we can find on it.
When a powerful organization, such as Apple or Starbucks, arouses our anger, use your voice, and your pen, to discourage people from giving their business to those organizations. When speaking to strangers, or those you know to be leftists, use leftist reasoning for that end; it’s never hard to find.
*It should be obvious that this is satire.