OK. So here is my Boycott! list. First realised here in September 2013. I will update and reassemble this page as required/desired.
The following outlines my list of personal boycotts (to be clear, this means that I do not buy, condone the purchase of, or support the consumption of any of the Shit on this list), and the reasoning behind them, with references if possible or required:
Big Tobacco – for decades, peddling their increasingly deadly and addictive wares, in the full knowledge that they were killing people. Almost the worst of the worst, surely. In cahoots with governments the world over who take their slice of the coin from each and every cigarette sold. Killing for profit. It’s not new, it’s not unique, it’s a horror show that is tied in so intrinsically with media and society and control. I was once, not so long ago, a sucker, a schmuck, for the delights of tobacco cigarettes. But now I’m off ’em, and so this item can live here in the list without fear of continuing in that vein of hypocrisy.
McDonald’s Corporation – for decades of low-nutrient, potentially poisonous food purveying; for cruelty on a massive scale and industrialising animal husbandry; for attempting to obfuscate and erase their horrible reputation by re-branding and promoting themselves as providing ‘healthy’ food options (liars); for their aggressive campaigns of expansion and eliminating competition. In a nutshell – CRUEL, GREEDY, and just plain shit.
Toll Roads – toll roads are unconstitutional and the charges imposed by private companies, as facilitated by various State governments, are illegal charges. The Constitution of Australia, at Chapter IV, Section 92 states, “On the imposition of uniform duties of customs, trade, commerce, and intercourse among the States, whether by means of internal carriage or ocean navigation, shall be absolutely free.”
Canola – a product that is hard to avoid, and therefore it is rather difficult to stick to this boycott. Canola oil seems to be in almost everything these days. Canola is a breed of rapeseed (Brassica napus L., among others) that was developed by means of conventional plant breeding to alter its nutritional profile and lower its erucic acid content, basically turning an inedible plant product that was once used as an industrial lubricant into a food, and a cash crop. In more recent times canola has been genetically modified by the likes of Monsanto to be resistant to glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. Due to its low cost, it has become almost ubiquitous in processed and packaged foods. I do not proclaim that there are any negative health consequences from the consumption of canola (but wouldn’t be surprised if there were, and I have heard plenty of anecdotal evidence about this). I just really don’t like the way an industrial product has been forcibly altered to enable its injection into the human food chain as a refined product, with its only real benefit being to the producers of the food products in question.
Murdoch Media (NewsCorp, Foxtel, Sky, et. al.) – for deliberate intervention in multiple elections, with the stated aim of altering the outcome in their own favour. Of note, the recent 2013 Australian Federal Election.
Coca-Cola and affiliated beverages – for being really really bad for you. For stealing water and/or lobbying for ultra-cheap water from (mostly) unsustainable sources. For aggressively opposing container deposit recycling schemes. For playing off both sides in conflicts, like it did back in the heady days of World War 2, all for the sake of a buck. For its application of artificial sweeteners that will probably kill you quicker than a daily truckload of sugar. For using high-fructose corn syrup instead of good ol’ cane sugar, because it’s cheap, and because it’s perhaps more ‘addictive’ for the consumer. For being a corporate pig in most ways it operates, while pretending to be ‘cool’ and hip. For a snippet of some of the issues people have with Coca-Cola, see here.
As an aside, I love a sweet fizzy every so often, and I own a Soda Stream machine (it was a gift, OK!, I didn’t buy it), and I make my own mixers to go with my whisky or whiskey – a recent comment (see below) highlights how I am now conflicted in the realm of carbonated beverages, because of Soda Stream’s apparent activities in Israel’s occupied territories (or should that be Palestine’s occupied territories??). You just cannot fucking win…
Flight Centre – I once applied for a job with Flight Centre, and I humbly posit that I would have made a fantastic travel agent. After firing off the job application, with great responses to all their key criteria, I waited in hope for the invitation to attend an interview. Nothing ever came. Nothing. Not even a ‘thanks for your application’ form-letter. What a cluster of bastards. I’ve not once used their services since then, because they are bastards (and I have travelled since then, through the air, on a ‘Flight’, several times in fact, and these bastards didn’t see a single solitary cent from me. Ha.). Since then, I’ve also discovered that a co-founder of Flight Centre is one Bill James, an almost-billionaire who votes Liberal and opposes renewable energy. Another great reason to avoid these idiots. They can go fuck themselves, and so can he.
- What’s next?
This list will continue to grow…
I welcome input! If you boycott something, I’d love to hear about it, the who and the what, and, especially, the why. Please reply/comment below: