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Campus Question – April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012

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Campus Question – April 20, 2012

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Tonight’s Campus Question
Amy Ridenour of the National Center for Public Policy Research is upset at businesses that pulled support for ALEC after protests over voter suppression laws, an issue the NCPPR will now take up. Following Rep. Allen West (R-FL) who said the Congressional Progressive Caucus are “communists,” Amy Ridenour rebuked the businesses that “continually surrender to the left’s Trotskyite strategy of making relentless demand after demand in public.” Is this why Mitt Romney said policy discussions should happen “in quiet rooms,” or are conservatives just upset that their business boycotts don’t work?

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  • NCrissieB

    Conservatives love the ‘free market’ … right up until progressives find and spread information about businesses that changes what people want to buy. That’s not a “Trotskyite” strategy. It’s a capitalist strategy.

    Thing is, conservatives say they love the ‘free market,’ but they resist disclosure regulations. But the efficient market hypothesis – the core of the “invisible hand” theory – is premised on all parties to a transaction having all the information relevant to that transaction. When information is hidden, the market breaks down into the rich preying on the rest. That information includes whether companies sponsor political activities like ALEC, NOM, and Super-PACs. In the ‘free markets’ conservatives praise, consumers should know about and be able to factor such sponsorships into their spending decisions. Conservatives laud ‘voting with your wallet’ …

    … until progressives organize and vote with our wallets. Then it’s “Trotskyite,” because progressives should not make demands “in public.” The only people who should get a voice are those who can afford seats in Mitt Romney’s “quiet rooms.”

    The real issue is that, despite Ridenour’s arrogant rhetoric, progressive boycotts have a track record of being far more effective than conservative boycotts. When we vote – at the ballot box or the marketplace – progressives win.

  • I think they’re angry because not only have their boycotts failed, but the organizations that they rely on to push their agenda are losing support – and most importantly, funding. Businesses are very good at having their finger to the wind when it comes to something that can truly impact their bottom line. They’re quite able to look at demographics now, and what will happen in the future, and they’re not going to stick with something that’s going to hurt their bottom line and future profits. My reaction to the complainers: Hey, welcome to the free market! 😆

  • Gardener

    “Communists” eh? Always makes me smile…….

    Grandpa worked at a mine where the shaft began to squeeze about halfway to the bottom. One morning, the fellows decided that the State Mine Inspector ought to have a look at it before they’d go down. The guy who owned the mine came into the washouse to find out what was wrong, Grandpa told him about the squeeze, and that they wanted a State man to have a look at it. The owner said, “You’re a Communist!” (This in the twenties or thirties maybe)…….

    Grandpa said, “Call me a Communist, but I’m not going down until the State man says it’s OK.” The State man came out, inspected the shaft, pronounced it safe, then they all went to work. 😉

    This in the hand loading days mind you, so they made no money while they sat around….