Can you boycott work?

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Can you boycott work?



As you can tell, I'm catching up with reading Ms. Communicate. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img] This is an interesting twist on boycotting companies.


I'm a broke college student in need of a job. I also consider myself somewhat socially and politically conscious, so there are stores and companies I try my best to boycott.
My issue is this: I don't support Chapters-Indigo, and I never step foot in a Starbucks, simply because I don't agree with their big box "clustering" mentality that puts the independents out of business, as well as their known ties to Israel. They also happen to be the only places nearby that are hiring at the moment.

Would I be a hypocrite for getting a job at these places I would never give my money to? It's my last resort at the moment, since I'm trying my best to avoid being in this crappy situation.

[url=]Her answer.[/url]

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Ms. Communicate missed the real point, which is that if you decided you were only going to work for ethical, non-exploitative employers you'd never be able to work at all.

The Chapters and Wal-Marts of this world are not going to be defeated by consumer boycotts or labour boycotts, but by changing the rotten capitalist system that allows them to flourish.

Tell me, if Ms. Communicate isn't going to be political, why should we read her rather than the thousand other "advice" columns on the interweb?


You probably shouldn't.

The rest of us will let you know if you've missed anything. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]


never mind. I don't want to get into anything with M Spector.

[ 16 May 2008: Message edited by: jas ]