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  •  My issue with those practical things (3+ / 0-)
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    Dar Nirron, Stranded Wind, polar bear

    like recycling, reusing, and local buying, which are things I try to practice, are they going to have any meaningful impact?

    The deck is stacked against ethical consumerism. And we are forced time and again to support a system that wholly exploits people across the globe.

    In every cry of every man, In every infant's cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forged manacles I hear

    by Areopagitica on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 09:58:22 AM PDT

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    •  The short answer to your question is... (2+ / 0-)
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      Stranded Wind, Areopagitica

      ..yes.  For as long as it benefits us, and for as long as there are people in the world willing to be exploited by us.

      You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

      by DawnG on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 10:17:13 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely, I agree. (3+ / 0-)

      It seems hopeless to try an be an ethical consumer on one's own.  What I keep looking for, that I haven't seen yet, is how we can leverage our very ability to consume into meaningul social change.  

      Back when I was a child, the first Farm Worker's boycott (grapes, I believe) got a lot of attention and was, indeed successful.  Today, boycotts are a dime a dozen.

      "With all the wit of a stunned trout, prodigal stumbled clumsily into the midst of a discussion . . . " -- droogie6655321

      by prodigal on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 10:18:07 AM PDT

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      •  It does make a difference, though. Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        not enough of a difference, but just look how much more popular organic foods are, or "green" things generally, even when it's not all that green, and even when green things cost way too much.  We'll have to work those kinks out, and keep hoping to  enlist more people into the fair trade, green movement, but corporations are paying at least some attention.

        I see i'm really late to this, so i'll just close out now.  great conversation, though.

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