Why Can’t Businesses Just Stay Out of Politics

I got this blast email from the founders of Airbnb.

The US Supreme Court decided to uphold the travel ban. We are profoundly disappointed by the Court’s decision. The travel ban is a policy that goes against our mission and values — to restrict travel based on a person’s nationality or religion is wrong.

And while this news is a setback, we will continue the fight with organizations that are helping those impacted. Airbnb will be matching donations to the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) up to a total of $150,000 through September 30, 2018 to support their work advocating for systemic change and legal pathways for those affected by the travel ban. If you’d like to join us, you can donate here.

We believe that travel is a transformative and powerful experience and that building bridges between cultures and communities creates a more innovative, collaborative and inspired world. At Airbnb, we are so grateful to our community who will continue to open doors around the world so that together, we can travel forward.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

So, I unsubscribed to their email, deleted the app and will use Homeaway instead. Looks like, I’m not the only one because their Facebook page has many negative comments. Why do businesses do this? It is frustrating that so many businesses are run by morons who can’t do a simple google search. They don’t do any research to find out that the Supreme Court did NOT uphold a Muslim ban, North Korea and Venezuela are not exactly hotbeds for Jihadism, and the reason for the ban is to protect American citizens from terrorism. WTF. Do these CEO’s really just read an article in the New York Times or watch Morning Joe and just say “Oh let’s just go with what these guys are saying and put out a statement that will piss off half of our customers and show what stupid lemmings we are”. Seriously, it’s amazing so many companies do this.

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15 thoughts on “Why Can’t Businesses Just Stay Out of Politics”

  1. The only explanation I can think of is, they live in a bubble. A cushy blue bubble where everyone has the same vague beliefs about the how to get to Utopia, and Imagine No Possessions and No Religion Too and Of Course No Borders so Hear Me Roar because We Are the World  and Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now.

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  2. Oh my; I was just getting ready to work on a post entitled Why Politics Can’t Just Stay Out of Business?

    I am referring to Facebook who managed to drop thirty points in the market several months ago because legislators couldn’t resist the temptation to show their ‘evil capitalist props’ knowing full well they had no intention of biting the hand that feeds them.

    That congressional hearing was for show but in the meantime cost me money. FB stock is well on its way to the $200+ level and I was afraid to buy more back then because I didn’t know what those self-absorbed professional pols in D.C. would conjure up next.

    This isn’t right.

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens:
    I think Goldburg gets at it here, but his attacks on “both sides” seems unrealistic. I don’t hear Trump supporters calling for this sort of thing.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/06/27/partisans-on-both-sides-are-hellbent-on-total-victory-n2494599

    Good observation, Bryan.  You’d think he’d know better, considering his experience with the Israeli/Palestinian equivalence argument.  But his brain has apparently melted due to TDS.

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  4. EThompson:
    Oh my; I was just getting ready to work on a post entitled Why Politics Can’t Just Stay Out of Business?

    I am referring to Facebook who managed to drop thirty points in the market several months ago because legislators couldn’t resist the temptation to show their ‘evil capitalist props’ knowing full well they had no intention of biting the hand that feeds them.

    That congressional hearing was for show but in the meantime cost me money. FB stock is well on its way to the $200+ level and I was afraid to buy more back then because I didn’t know what those self-absorbed professional pols in D.C. would conjure up next.

    This isn’t right.

    Crony capitalism has many downsides.  That’s why: This isn’t right.

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  5. Bryan G. Stephens:
    I think Goldburg gets at it here, but his attacks on “both sides” seems unrealistic. I don’t hear Trump supporters calling for this sort of thing.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/06/27/partisans-on-both-sides-are-hellbent-on-total-victory-n2494599

    Yes, I can’t stand the caveat of “both sides” NO IT IS NOT!!!! I don’t see conservatives doing this kind of stuff, and if they do get into politics they usually have a coherent argument. Meaning they actually did some research. Not this, Feels, stuff.

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  6. It gets even better today. I was making some good money on Twitter as I bought large amts in the low 30s and was trying to hold on to it. Today there has been a massive outcry about the negativity allowed to be expressed on the site so the stock started falling at 10 a.m. I sold quickly and made a good profit but what kind of country do we live in?

    Answer: One made up of a big bunch of overly sensitive crybabies who require ‘safe spaces.’ I will never criticize the French again; they may be lazy, but at least they’re not afraid to take an insult and give as good as they get.

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  7. I got that same email. Ridiculous. I was just telling my daughter how I can’t believe people can put their own stupidity on parade like that.

    It’s not a ban on Muslims anymore than if you show up to your Air BnB job interview drunk wearing a red shirt is not employment discrimination on people who wear red shirts.

    These countries can’t vouch for the identities of their residents. Therefore a known international terrorist can go to that country get fake id and fly into the USA. If I went to my job interview for a “community outreach” position and told them my identity was stolen so therefore a background check should be waived in my case, I don’t think they would go along.

    So let’s see… Trump got 63 million votes and legitimately won the Presidency. These nations were already on the list as problematic by officials during the Obama administration. The majority of Supreme Court Justices agreed with the ban.

    These people believe their personal sentiments and wisdom should prevail. No actual reason given.

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  8. Trinity Waters:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    I think Goldburg gets at it here, but his attacks on “both sides” seems unrealistic. I don’t hear Trump supporters calling for this sort of thing.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/06/27/partisans-on-both-sides-are-hellbent-on-total-victory-n2494599

    Good observation, Bryan.  You’d think he’d know better, considering his experience with the Israeli/Palestinian equivalence argument.  But his brain has apparently melted due to TDS.

    Yes. I keep being sad with Jonah. I really like him.

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  9. Bryan G. Stephens:

    Trinity Waters:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    I think Goldburg gets at it here, but his attacks on “both sides” seems unrealistic. I don’t hear Trump supporters calling for this sort of thing.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/06/27/partisans-on-both-sides-are-hellbent-on-total-victory-n2494599

    Good observation, Bryan.  You’d think he’d know better, considering his experience with the Israeli/Palestinian equivalence argument.  But his brain has apparently melted due to TDS.

    Yes. I keep being sad with Jonah. I really like him.

    I still give Jonah some slack.  He was targeted early by Trump, personally, and I’m sure he has received more than his share of antisemitic bile from the underbelly of the so-called alt-right, in the years since.  It’s little wonder if he feels a bit isolated in the current environment and encounters more objectionable Trump supporters in a week than I do in a year.

    He still hasn’t devolved into George Will / Jennifer Rubin / Mona Charon territory.

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  10. Terry Mott:

    Bryan G. Stephens:

    Trinity Waters:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    I think Goldburg gets at it here, but his attacks on “both sides” seems unrealistic. I don’t hear Trump supporters calling for this sort of thing.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/06/27/partisans-on-both-sides-are-hellbent-on-total-victory-n2494599

    Good observation, Bryan.  You’d think he’d know better, considering his experience with the Israeli/Palestinian equivalence argument.  But his brain has apparently melted due to TDS.

    Yes. I keep being sad with Jonah. I really like him.

    I still give Jonah some slack.  He was targeted early by Trump, personally, and I’m sure he has received more than his share of antisemitic bile from the underbelly of the so-called alt-right, in the years since.  It’s little wonder if he feels a bit isolated in the current environment and encounters more objectionable Trump supporters in a week than I do in a year.

    He still hasn’t devolved into George Will / Jennifer Rubin / Mona Charon territory.

    Oh gosh no!

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  11. I appreciate businesses that let me do business with them without preaching at me about the topic of the day.  From the left’s point of view, such businesses are politically right-wing.  Based on “if you’re not with us you’re against us” reasoning.

    Which means I’m perfectly fine with businesses being on my side politically.  And not fine with “woke” businesses.

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  12. The day has been coming for a while, and is now here.   Every decision is a political decision.   You can either buy from a big business that supports Big Leftist causes, or you can buy from smaller businesses that are struggling and trying to stay out of the way of the big steamrollers.

    Almost no economic decision is left that does not have a political aspect.   This was not our doing; it came from the Left.   We have been fighting defense for many generations.   Now is the time for every conservative to consider themselves to be part of the bulwark of defense of Western Civilization.

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  13. Trinity Waters:
    Crony capitalism has many downsides.  That’s why: This isn’t right.

    I wouldn’t equate FB with crony capitalism in the least. That kid built his business on his own and was simply used by the political- I don’t make money, I just take yours- class to further their political careers.

    Disgraceful.

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  14. Pencilvania:
    The only explanation I can think of is, they live in a bubble. A cushy blue bubble where everyone has the same vague beliefs about the how to get to Utopia, and Imagine No Possessions and No Religion Too and Of Course No Borders so Hear Me Roar because We Are the World  and Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now.

    Right. And how do they end up in the bubble? By immediately demonizing and ostracizing anyone who begins to penetrate it.

    I’m a core tester (“Pioneer”) for a popular pirate video game called Sea of Thieves. This month they added a “Pride flag” that sympathizers can fly in the game. The flag is also featured on a splash screen for every player while the game assets are loading. Some of us complained on the forums that the company was injecting politics into escapist entertainment. I asked why any company would needlessly antagonize half its customers and potential buyers.

    They responded by locking the forum discussions… because “political discussion violates forum rules.”

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