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  •  I think it's less about boycotting... (4+ / 0-)
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    asterkitty, Vetwife, FloridaSNMOM, AnnieR

    ...and more about supporting the things we do like.

    The problem with our current newspapers, restaurants, the hotel industry, the cable media, etc. isn't that their industries are themselves inherently bad; journalism, food, a place to stay when we're out of town, and news media can be great things that benefit everyone involved.

    The problem is that the way these newspapers, restaurants, hotels, and cable channels are doing what they do is the wrong way, and we want them to do things the right way.

    Simply cutting our money out of the corporations who are doing it the wrong way, and stopping there, will only mean that those industries, as a whole, shrink—meaning that the people who work for them, who are already underpaid, will lose their work.

    Rather, we need to support those companies that are doing it the right way, so that the good companies will expand and start hiring the workers who are being screwed by their current employers. That will put pressure on the corporations that are doing it wrong, to start doing it right, because their best workers are going somewhere else. If the good companies are successful and the bad companies are less than successful, the bad companies will have to change the way they do things in order to survive.

    In other words, don't just cancel your newspaper subscription; cancel it and subscribe to (or start) a progressive paper, magazine, or website, to support progressive journalism.

    Simply boycotting fast food or the hotel industry will only result in job cuts; rather, support restaurants that do pay their workers a living wage with sick leave and benefits, and support local B&Bs or hotels with unionized workforces.

    Let's talk about what we can support—not just what we can boycott.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:57:37 AM PDT

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