Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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On the First Amendment, the free market, and boycotts, part II

mrpooscratch replied to your post: On the First Amendment, the free market, and boycotts

But if he held a position that wasn’t “controversial”, no one would say anything. That’s the entire point. Instead of just, I don’t like this place and won’t eat there, you must try and shut them down. Don’t like it? Don’t go there. Problem solved.

"Don’t like it? Don’t go there" is the foundation of a boycott. And you’re right — I wouldn’t boycott him for hating butterflies.

Look… if you ate at a local Chick-Fil-A that gave you food poisoning, would you tell a few friends? Or one that was filthy? Would you mention that?

Extend that to systemic discrimination. If they would rather risk shutting down versus changing their corporate views, well, that’s on them, isn’t it? They’ve made a choice of their own free will in a free market.

A boycott’s aim is to get a business to change their practices before they shut down, but if they’re that stubborn and CHOOSE to run it into the ground in the face of opposition, maybe that business owner should take some personal responsibility and recognize it was their own filthy establishment or bigoted practices that caused it to close — after people chose not to patronize their place of business, of course.

You dig?

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