Your friendly neighborhood Anarcho-capitalist here. And I’ve got some thoughts to share.
In the post-Citizens’ United age and with the recent DNC debactle of a disaster to disavow the peoples’ candidate Bernie Sanders, I thought it be nice to highlight the characteristics of a successful, sustained boycott.
If money does talk, then choosing where to spend that money has become a powerful silent-treatment tool at a citizen-consumer’s disposal.
So here are the keys point to remember:
Ain’t nothing breaking up a boycott faster than a lack of solidarity. Sticking together is key.
A groups of committed individuals at the core of any organized boycotting effort is necessary to keep the momemtum moving forward.
Solidarity brings together people of various skills and strengths that can be used to reinforce the foundation of your boycott.
2. Short-term vision
Now that solidarity has brought you together, it’s time to start using those skills and strength to build that momentum.
Good short-term vision is what brings immediate attention to your potential boycott. Conversations with friends, family, and folk on the street can help spread your ideas and attract others to what it is you’re seeking to accomplish.
Strong solidarity and good short-term vision together build the necessary momentum to carry your long-term vision to fruition.
3. Long-term vision
This is the endgame goal of what your boycott seeks to accomplish.
The Montgomery bus boycott sought to end racial segregation on public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama.
Your long-term vision may be a little less gargantuan than tackling racism in 1950’s Alabama.
It might be the buyout of a wealthy business owner with whom you find his behaviour towards women to be predatorial and despicable.
In this case, through solidarity, you could bring together people to use their various skills and strengths to build up a boycott of his businesses-with the long-term vision of buying out his failing businesses at significantly reduced price.
4. Consideration for others
Finally, consider the consequences of your actions.
A business goes out of business,people lose their jobs.
Your friends lose their jobs.
Which is why solidarity is so important.
Through the voluntary-collective pooling of resources, you can help ease the financial burdens a successful boycott will place on people employed by such business.
This is also why the long-term vision boycott buy-out involves a co-operative future where the people who came together and pooled their strength, labor, skills, and cash into a big pile can come to own and operate the operation being boycotted.
But that’s just one possible way to have a successful, sustained, organized boycott against a specific business owner who might own multiple bars and eateries in Duluth, MN.
So let’s rap a recap: come together, act in solidarity, use what you got to build momentum, create and sustain that momentum with short-term and long-term vision, and money talks-so use that speech to lower the value of something in the market you don’t support and buy that something, own that something, and remove that someone’s influence from your city.
And remember, Just Take Action.