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December 01, 2016

Boycott Part 2: Destroy Kelloggs

In the last thread, eforhan wrote:

I'm a happy boycotter, but I wish these companies were more like Nissan:

"[Nissan] places ads in a variety of sites in order to reach as many consumers as possible."

"The placement of Nissan advertising is not intended to be a political commentary and there are no plans to change the advertising mix at this time," the company said.

Link.

I think that's what we'd like -- we'd like the Culture War fought in the fewest arenas as possible. We'd like to keep the war at the front lines -- just in the actual fields of politics and political thought.

We'd prefer if not every fucking consumer purchase were part of the War.

But that's not the way the left rolls. The left is determined to pressure all corporations to join them in the culture war, and most corporate personnel -- being largely socially liberal anway, and viewing compliance with the left's demands to be the path of least resistance-- tend to sign up to be part of the Left's Social Justice Army.

This is an amoral business decision. And frankly it makes sense as an amoral business decision -- because one side is making demands, taking hostages, and organizing boycotts, and the other side says things like "Leave the poor corporations alone" and "It's a business decision you have no right to interfere with" and "A corporation's relationship between themselves and the politcal left is between it and God Himself."

This is, for reasons I sketched out in the last post, utterly stupid and results in more and more corporations explicitly joining the left's Social Justice Brigades to impose the left's twisted religion on the whole of the country.

As I said: It's a rational business decision. Because when you look at the incentives, a company's incentives plainly lay on the side of going along with the left, because the right doesn't play this game out of misplaced "principle."

The left is a bully, the right is a patsy who will go along with anything, including its own denigration.

So what would any rational company do?

If you want to change corporate behavior, you have to change the incentives as far as picking sides in the culture war.

You have to stop giving corporations a free pass to hurt you merely because they've added up the plusses and minuses and the math says It's a smart business play to treat you like garbage.

You have to start using the same tactics and making the same demands that the left does.

Well, not the same demands -- what we'd really like is for corporations to declare themselves netural in these things, like Nissan has.

Not to make them partisans of the right. Just to keep the fuck out of it.

But we should use the same tactic -- if you defy us, we will punish you economically.

We will change the incentive scheme: It will no longer the case that you can give in to every leftist demand without negative consequence.

We will start imposing consequences on you for doing so.

The left has demanded Kellogg's stop advertising on Breitbart, and Kellogg's has eagerly joined the leftist army.

How long are we going to play this game where we accept that left can organize boycotts against corporations to forceably (or even not-so-forceably) enlist them in the leftist army in the Culture War, but we are to act "principled" and do nothing as the left continues organizing every institution, media group, and corporation as bases of operation to destroy us?

Kellogg's wants to be a part of their army -- fine. They they are now Enemies and to be treated as such.

Don't eat another damn thing made by these fascists.

As someone said -- forget who, maybe Kurt Schlichter -- Kellogg's chiefly sells to parents buying cereal for their kids.

Does Kellogg's really want to get into a #War with the part of the country that actually has children, siding with those that don't?

If so, that was a bad business decision -- or at least it should be made such, if we can get over our dreamy stupidity that if we just Act Better Than They Do they'll see the error of their ways and give up all the Winning Every Cultural Battle They Join thing.

Do you think people really give up on that which has proven time and time again to be a not only a winning stratagem, but an easy-win, automatic-gimme-win stratagem?

I'm tired of hearing the claim made by conservatives that corporations are essentially holy things that can never be punished for their "business decisions" -- while we see the same corporations using bullying punishment tactics against other companies and even private individuals.

They can take scalps, but it's some kind of weird violation of Reagan's Eleventh Commandment to take a corporate scalp in response?

I want to be left alone. And if a corporation is siding with the fascists who won't leave me alone, I have no obligation to keep peace with them.

If they want Peace, then they shall have Peace,

But if they want #War, let them have more #War than they can bear.


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