Virtue signaling and censorship by large business and financial enterprises have become difficult to ignore. Companies like Dick’s – announced the it will no longer sell “assault rifles” by which it apparently means all semi-automatic long guns – go out their way to take flaccid political stances with which I strongly disagree. By virtue of being their continued customers, they would have us add to not just their bottom line, which is fine, but they would also force us to accede to their having injected politics into our relationship; they do so in an “in your face” manner, to boot.
Censorship by outfits like Google (I use it as little as possible) and Twitter (never have, never will) is especially disturbing. I was an early adopter of Amazon, but have developed reservations in that I do not like financially supporting the power of Bezos in furthering his well-financed progressive agenda. Similarly with Apple and numerous financial institutions like Bank of America, who do their progressive thing in many ways, at every opportunity. Also, “in your face.”
Several years ago, in its wisdom and to cuddle up to the Obama Administration’s “Operation Choke Point,” BofA fired the McMillan Group – an honest and reputable manufacturer of firearms and accessories – simply because it did not like their products. I immediately sent a letter to BofA saying that, since they had chosen to inject politics into our business relationship, that flows in both directions and I would reciprocate. I withdrew a sum of money which was noticeable to them and closed my account permanently. In their face. It felt pretty good and cost me nothing.
There must be a market opportunity here, at the very least for apps which would steer non-progressives like me to businesses which exist merely to please their customers and not to further various political agendas. The fact that all this takes place with breathless cheerleading of the MSM makes it even more obnoxious. This morning, the readers on NPR could barely contain their near-orgasmic glee at announcing Dick’s aim. I am struggling to restrain myself from applying the suffix “-less” to the store’s logo.
In all seriousness, creative non-progressive entrepreneurs have an opportunity to strike some real blows against the “new-and-improved” brand of fascism which has taken hold of corporate America. These big business leaders must be put on notice that they cannot take us for granted and that will be best shown them on their bottom lines. Myself, I am sufficiently incensed by the actions of most mega-businesses that I would gladly pay incrementally more for goods and services in return for the knowledge that I am not supporting the further piecemeal destruction of most every value I deem essential for a peaceful and decent society.
What were once efforts at national improvement have been overtaken by deconstruction of its essential values and outright destruction of its common bonds. To the extent possible, I do not wish to be a supporter of the private-enterprise perpetrators of that destruction. This really is a new and highly-effective form of fascism, and it has insinuated itself into most every aspect of our modern, digital, economic lives.
The businesses involved in the new fascism are literally feeding off of us. This must be recognized for what it is and it must be resisted by liberty-minded counterparts of the left’s “community organizers,” only it must be done at the level of business enterprise, not “pay the dead to get out and vote,” as is practiced by the Obam-ite community organizers. Are there really no entrepreneurs willing to organize and distribute, at minimum, the information which would allow us to direct our economic decisions toward those business and financial enterprises with which we agree (or at least those not rubbing our noses in their virtuous leavings)?
I’m afraid we have reached a point where continued agnosticism in our economic lives only serves to further undermine the society in which we are living. The corporate/government political alliance as it presently exists is inexorable, like death and taxes. Buying stuff from corporations, however, is optional, as is the sense of utter helplessness which results from sending them our money. I would sure appreciate some options created by liberty-minded entrepreneurs. They must be out there, somewhere. It would be neither as difficult or as costly as sending humans to Mars and it might just elicit a similar level of enthusiasm.
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