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  •  woah (0+ / 0-)

    Woah like stopping a horse.  Sorry to offend you, buddy.  Disagreeing on nuances was not meant to be condescending.  IMO, describing someone as an "asshole" is placing blame.  My $.02.  Maybe they are.  But people IMO have the right to advance their own interests.  How far they go in advancing those interests is what can make someone an "asshole."  

    I don't like analysis based on situations where people take   reflexive positions one side good the other side bad.    That was my point.  Sorry for offending you.  I just meant to offer my proposed solution to the problem posed by your comment--take a step back and don't characterize everyone as an asshole--which was not meant to be  "condescending."  

    “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” ― Will Rogers

    by MugWumpBlues on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 11:17:27 AM PDT

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    •  Apology accepted: (0+ / 0-)

      But I hope you can understand how telling someone who has been on this site for many years (as evidenced by my ID#) that the world is not perfect could be interpreted as condescending.

      I think you might have misinterpreted my comment. The "assholes" in question are the targets of the hypothetical boycotts, not the persons/groups doing the boycotting. And it is often the case that boycotts are limited in their effectiveness by a lack of alternatives to patronize: e.g., one can buy toilet paper from the Koch brothers or from some other corporation that contributes millions to Republican candidates and PACs. That's not always true: sometimes there is a clear "good guy" to run to. But most of the time it just becomes a game of political whack-a-mole. I'm not saying that boycotts are always pointless, but I would suggest that they be employed very sparingly and only when clear results are possible; otherwise they are just wasted energy.

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