I am a firm, firm believer in letting the free market arbitrate political disputes as much as possible.
But sometimes, the free market beats me to it.
Not always: years ago, when liberal social justice and then ease lined up against Chick-fil-A, I was already to go out and grab a bag full. But there were no Chick-fil-As in the Twin Cities at the time. Likewise, last week when a California politician criticized In and Out Burger for donating to Republicans,… Well, not only are there no such restaurants anywhere in Minnesota, but I don’t eat hamburgers anymore.
More to the point, though? Nike has fraudulently cast Colin Kaepernick is a civil rights legend. He’s not, of course – he was riding the bench before he started riding his knee, and he barely had a career to “sacrifice” with his antics.
But I haven’t bought a Nike product of any kind in probably 30 years, because the price for the quality is just too high.
Likewise, earlier this week when Levi Strauss company announced they were forming a gun control group among big businesses, I ordinarily have made a mental note to stop buying their products (as I did with Pepsi, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell back in the 1990s).
But I haven’t put on a pair of Levi’s in close to 20 years – because when I did buy them, the quality was so shoddy I had to check to see if they have been made in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. That being a time of my life where I had to stretch a block, having pants wear – I kid you not – the crotch ripped out after two months was a big influence on my personal free market, if you catch my drift.