While I’m not one for formal boycotts, during the Obama Era I’ve been increasingly likely to consider corporations’ politicization when shopping. Examples:
- I was a fan of GM cars (with the point-generating Visa card and all), but after the company became Government Motors under Obama, I’ve switched allegiances, having bought a Nissan a few years ago and looking at Honda for another upgrade in the near future.
- AAA still sends me letters asking me to renew after I let my membership expire over the company’s support for tolls in Rhode Island; my insurance has an adequate replacement.
- After Cardi’s directly endorsed Democrat Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, we’re looking at the offerings of different furniture stores for a replacement dining room set.
Similarly, I’m with Mark Steyn on this, after Kellogg’s announced it would demand its online advertising algorithms stop placing adds on Brietbart:
I hate boycotts, too. I want to be free to reject Kellogg’s cereals because they suck rather than because buying them is a political act. But John Hinderaker’s right: This is a one-way street that leads to a de facto one-party state, or at any rate a one-party culture. The left wants a world in which a discount furniture warehouse is free to advertise with Rachel Maddow but not Rush Limbaugh. And in pushing further and further down that path they make everything political, and render normal civic life all but impossible – to the point where the CEO of something as universal and unobjectionable as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes finds it easier to side with the losing side in a free election, and against half of his fellow citizens. So, if Kellogg’s wants to shrink the market for Frosted Flakes by 50 per cent, fine: let’s frost ’em out, until they understand that, in politicizing everything, they’re the flakes.
It’s a good reminder, too, that everything is not only political, but situational for progressives. They believe Christians must not let their beliefs interplay with their businesses, but they’ll demand that corporations prove their rejection of conservative sites.