Re: boycotting of corporations

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 17:41:07 -0500

Samael wrote:

> Further to conversations in this newsgroup regarding how corporations would
> not be able to do what they liked, I'd be interested in how many people are
> boycotting corporations for ethical reasons.
> For instance, Nestle (producers of vast amounts of chocolate and Nescafe
> Coffee) are boycotted by some people because they use policies in the third
> world which cause the deaths of thousands of babies a year. Do any of the
> libertarians on this list boycott them? Or anyone else?

I'd like to boycott the monopoly corporation which makes me pay thousands of dollars annually for next to no services outside of littering my newspaper and tv programs with programming of dubious merit, inflating the cost of all the other goods and services I use, and paying people of squirrely reputations to not be able to move into my neighborhood, just so's I don't have to shoot them when they come breaking in my door or window... Those cool pictures from the Space Telescope and making sure those crazy foreigners will think twice before messing with me are about the only things I find useful that the company does for me.

Furthermore, this company does all sorts of things around the world in my name that I don't like.

Now, I am boycotting Turner Broadcasting, since Ted Turner has imposed a policy on CNN that they are not to feature the use of firearms in any positive light. I urge all extropians who beleive in the right of self defense, or even in the principle of balanced, objective media to do likewise. We can't get all of them, but we have caught Ted in the act.

I would like to be able to both keep my job and boycott Microsoft products, because Bill Gates donates money to gun control groups and campaigns, but thats kind of a trade off I can't handle at this time.

Mike Lorrey