November 24, 2011

Occupiers going after Black Friday retailers

Occupy Wall Street is turning into Occupy Wal-Mart.  "We're not anti-capitalism, we're anti-crapitalism".  No, really - they said it.  Sounds a little like "We're for the troops but against funding them because it supports war."
Below is a shortlist for publicly traded large businesses to Occupy or to boycott on Black Friday. Luckily, most of them don't have good presents anyway. If you want to see the top 100 retail businesses for 2010 to boycott, click here.
Via Drudge, one of the questions I've been imploring people to answer - where's the Tea Party? - apparently has been partially answered.  They are countering with a BUY-cott.
Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America, a Tea Party coalition of groups countering the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, are challenging the latest move by Occupy Wall Street protesters to occupy or boycott publicly traded retailers on Black Friday by instead encouraging consumers to shop on Black Friday to help the economy recover.

"At a time when our economy is most fragile and ratings agencies are talking about another downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, it's completely irresponsible for Occupy Wall Street to attempt to bring the U.S. economy to a halt on the busiest shopping day of the year," Liberate organizer and a spokesman for the Tea Party, John Sullivan, stated in a press release.
This is a real boycott. Click to see.
 My impression is that the Occupy retailers movement will fizzle.  Remember the effort to get people to quit the banks and join credit unions?  Of course you don't.  That's how well this will go.  But that doesn't mean the anti-capitalism notion shouldn't be challenged.  Boycotting the most successful companies isn't anti-capitalism?  At a minimum it's anti-successful capitalism.  To sum up - they want a boycott on banks, Wall Street and 'big' business.  That doesn't leave much capitalism that's acceptable.  There's energy (assuming they'll only like the green energy), manufacturing (assuming they'll only like green manufacturing ), services (a whole raft of which will be unacceptable) and uh, libraries?

The more they go after, the fewer people will be sympathetic to their myriad of causes.  So keep it up.  Even if the effort works, it ends up hurting Obama more than anyone else. A bad economy means a conservative win in November 2012.  Useful idiots indeed.
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