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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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