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b&b181 Instead of boycotting things you hate, BUYcott things you love!

This is our fourth annual boycott episode and this year, we want to ask you to spend your energy and money on buying things from places you love instead of convincing everyone to boycott things you “hate.” It’s easy to react negatively to the latest scandal, and just as quickly move on to the next thing. It is better to chose your battles, and make those decisions which not only hurt companies or institutions as you intend, but also make you feel good about yourself.


Music featured in this episode:
I Aint Haitin Doe by Wally Left feat Boycott
Buy In by Kiddo EOTR
Do What I Want by Sparc and Optamixtik

Episode Highlights:

The concept of boycotting is a poor tax because a lot of people can’t afford to give things up that they need to use on a regular basis.

People are feeling the need to vote with their money and we’re finding that our voting money-districts have been gerrymandered.

Is the word ‘boycott’ something that people are using properly and has it lost all of its meaning?

It’s hard to boycott entertainment or luxury good and services because it’s not a big disruption: it’s just considered shifting winds in audience preference.

Now it’s easier to give up then it would’ve been ten years ago.It feels easier.

It’s funny, things are so much less ubiquitous in our life in general.

It did change what I use primarily BUT the only reason I was able to do that was because there was a viable alternative option.

Is all of this “hitting ‘em where it hurts” hurting, or is it just spiteful nonsense?

We talk a lot about how intentions matter way less than your actions and how your intentions and actions are often way less correlated than you like to think, but this is one instance where intentions do matter a lot because intentions do have a lot to do with how this is gonna play out.

It’s really not so much about making an economic impact as making a statement and having people see that.

If you’re only trying to accomplish one it often doesn’t last long: if you’re trying to make yourself feel good or if you’re trying to hurt the other person.

Nike sales didn’t necessarily go down when they found out that they were doing heinous child-labor practices, but you are  never going to get rid of the connection between Nike and child labor.

Boycotting is more about a social change than an economic one.

Buy things based on your values.

It’s always more effective to do something in place of something else than to try and not do the thing.

You’re letting your emotions control your economic decisions.

It’s easier to get someone to react negatively and get behind something they’re against than to get behind something that they’re for.

The thang remains part of the game as long as you say the name they will be able to take you and put you in chains.

A lot of these boycotts are designed to make us feel guilty for not doing the thing that they’re saying, for supporting these companies inadvertently or advertently.

Every purchase is that heavy. It’s just how much of the responsibility of it you wanna put on your shoulders.

A lot of these boycotts appeal to your vanity too. Vanity or not wanting to be shamed.

Create a framework which allows you to take control of your financial decisions.

Use your dollars to create that cultural shift.