Why You Ought to Boycott Amazon, Google & Starbucks

One hears a lot of twaddle about tax-dodging companies actually being alright because they are at least providing jobs. Oh, how privileged we are, that we get to feed on the crumbs dropped from the top table. This is, of course, a spurious argument – trickle-down economics is far more a graphic expression of contempt than it is a serious fiscal proposition.

Perhaps clarification is required: major corporations who avoid paying tax are effectively robbing our nation, which means that they are actually stealing from every one of us just as surely as if they were picking the money straight out of our pockets. Our libraries are being closed, our health service is in tatters, our welfare services are being stripped back and our infrastructure is falling into disrepair. In the light of this, continuing to do business with companies who aren’t paying their way is tantamount to buying stolen goods from people who we know for a fact have burgled us.

[Just as an aside, I wonder how much cheaper than the high street the web will be once there’s nothing left on the high street but rip-off coffee shops paying minimum-wage. If you think I’m over-stating the case, just take a look about you next time you take a trip into town.]

Of course, Britain is a country where people continue to knowingly buy goods which have been produced by child-labour or in sweatshops and are somehow able to justify this to themselves because of the piffling savings they make. You carp about companies making moral choices but can’t see any further than your own wallet, no matter what the greater cost. Apathetic bloody simpletons, you deserve everything you get.

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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5 Responses to Why You Ought to Boycott Amazon, Google & Starbucks

  1. MindMindful says:

    You sound so ….. angry! hopeless??

    I too want capitalists to be held accountable, & to make more people-friendly & sustainable policies (how totally UN-Ayn Randian, isn’t it?!?!) And I know that We, collectively, have the power to make companies change, by ‘voting with our feet’ — but do you think enough of us will ever make it happen??

    • Fles says:

      I hope so. People power is the last chance for this whole free-will experiment. Humans must be capable of redemption or all that we have to look forward to is extinction.

      • MindMindful says:

        Some folks, of course, refer to ‘extinction’ as The 2nd Coming. (do you have those fundamentalist Christians over there?? If not, you can have ours!!) Me, I prefer to think in terms of how adaptable individuals, & the collective, prove to be.

  2. Andy Milroy says:

    Basically these American companies are operating a colonial system – treating European countries as colonies to be exploited – taking the huge profits and giving back as little as possible. Deeply ironic when one remembers the United States’ former hatred of imperialism….

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