Why am I glad that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster in the East Asian Lunar Calendar? Because I quickly found an image of a smirking rooster for this post. Thank U, Ariadna Ada Sysoeva/Shutterstock.com. Why did I want such an image? Read on, if U dare.
Despite not owning a gun, I sometimes shoot myself in the foot. It is a common tendency among progressives. Case in point: boycotting retailers like Walmart and Amazon that carry Trump-branded products w/o pushing them, not just boycotting the products themselves and those who push them. We continue with appropriate made-up names.
Consider a retailer, say Walazon, that carries several lines of women’s fashions, including IvankyPanky and Togs-4-Progs. The former is Trump-branded. The latter makes good stuff in union shops and donates 5% of operating profits to worthy causes.
Furious at Donald Trump’s travesty of a presidency, progressives want to hit him and his where it hurts. Some of us decide to boycott Walazon until they stop selling IvankyPanky clothes. It is more likely that we will hit us and ours.
Suppose progressive women stop buying from Walazon. Kellyanne Conway and her ilk still buy IvankyPanky clothes (often from Walazon), while Walazon’s Togs-4-Progs sales dwindle. The computers and people who do data analytics at Walazon are interested in sales (not politics), at least during working hours. They notice that IvankyPanky is selling much better than Togs-4-Progs. Guess which brand gets the ax when management decides that Walazon is spread too thin.
On the other hand, suppose progressive women who like Togs-4-Progs continue to shop at Walazon, despite its willingness to sell IvankyPanky clothes to those benighted enough to buy them. Togs-4-Progs comes out with an edgy collection of T-shirts that display the words
(in various fonts and trendy colors) over a picture of an arrogant smirking rooster. The shirts sell like ice cream in July. The computers and people who do data analytics at Walazon notice that Togs-4-Progs is selling much better than IvankyPanky, despite Kellyanne Conway blasting thru her credit limit. Guess which brand gets the ax when management decides that Walazon is spread too thin.
Want to make capitalist economies work more humanely? It might help to pay more attention to how they work, period.