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  •  If they fire their workers and we boycott them (8+ / 0-)

    then boycotting consumers will get their products or services from their non-asshole competitors.  

    Those competitors will need more workers to meet their new higher demand.  So they can hire the workers who the assholes fire (or other workers).

    The lousy companies lose money and customers, and maybe even go out of business.

    The good companies increase their market share and their staff.

    Assuming that there is a fixed need for the goods or services, roughly the same total number of employees should be needed to provide the same total amount of goods or services, so the unemployment rate should not go up long-term.  And workers end up working for much better employees, because the companies that fired them lose tons of business.

    So if the assholes want to cut off their noses to spite their faces, fine, as long as we make them suffer for it.  It is pretty much a win-win-win situation; the bad employers will lose business and suffer, we'll get better goods and services, and the workers will get better employers to work for.

    And if some of these assholes are franchisees, which they are, they're going to get tons of heat, and maybe even legal action taken against them, by the corporate franchisor.  This is the case with many of the restaurant-running assholes.  

    •  Boycotts (2+ / 0-)
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      Chi, Neon Mama

      If I decide not to eat at a certain restaurant, I'm still going to eat; by boycotting, I'm not taking money out of the economy. Some other restaurant will benefit: if restaurant X loses business, restaurant Y gains. Thus if restaurant X closes, restaurant Y will hire more to meet the increased demand, or someone will open a new restaurant.

      Right now, there are people who think they can "Go Galt" and extort us. But we really do have the power. We can take our money elsewhere. We can reward businesses that have values matching our own. If a CEO is so stubborn to drive a business to bankruptcy rather than meet the demands of the market, someone else will step in to fill the void left behind.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:05:55 AM PST

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