Vote with our Wallet

I think one of the ways we can make a difference is with the power of the consumer. In your updates we hear of the Well Fargos, Volkswagen and Menards Hardware. Less common is spotlights of the good guys, like Chobani. Maybe you could do a Good Bad and Ugly bit and introduce us to a good guy regularly. It would be nice to compile a list of businesses to support and a business to boycott. Thanks Jim Poleshuk: Omaha Nebraska Action Group

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  • commented 2016-09-16 23:21:29 -0400
    Josh has great points here. But, maybe you could highlight co-ops like the co-op taxi company that was serving workers and their communities. Also be sure to talk strategies for co-ops to take over and drive out the exploitation based crooks.
  • commented 2016-09-14 12:59:12 -0400
    As a listener, I’d like to advocate against this suggestion. It has the ring of “journalistic balance” that is so toxic to the public conversation. That is, on the one side we have an expert in a field, and on the other, someone ignorant of the issue who for whatever reason has an “opposite opinion”. Opinions don’t balance out with facts or analysis; just as finding one or two corporations who do the occasional nice thing for their workers or for charity does nothing to counterbalance a system whose internal logic fundamentally undermines any individual act of generosity. Secondly, I don’t agree that an effective way to combat the excesses of capitalism is to favour or disfavour this or that individual corporate entity by buying or boycotting their products. What can we hope to gain by such action? Capitalism tends towards monopoly anyway; this would just speed that process along, and we would be no further ahead. Keep focused on the issue at the root: the system that encourages bad behaviour in the first place.
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