By Irene F. Starkehaus -
The conundrum that conservatives face when putting aside politics in the pursuit of capitalism is that capitalism no longer puts aside its politics in pursuit of you and me. Conservatives now find ourselves at a distinct political disadvantage because we are using a 1980s model of consumerism which believes that an iced cappuccino is a cool, tasty treat on a warm summer's day rather than the method by which progressivism expands to reduce your children's ability to indulge in the same cool, tasty treat in the decades to come.
As much as I personally would like Ronald Reagan's methodology for growing the economic pie (so that more people can live in freedom) to last forever, the era is…if not precisely over, then at least on extended hiatus as crony capitalists throw in with Leftists and initiate their self-destruct sequence in pursuit of materialism as it is actually defined.
There are a lot of arguments against politicizing one's purchasing power – not the smallest of which is that it's kind of narcissistic and perhaps mildly fascist - although why the individual right to not buy a product for whatever reason might be construed as fascist is well beyond my understanding. I must have skipped that day in Econ 101 because I see this form of choice as the epitome of free speech. See more about this in an article entitled: Being an Overly Political Jagweed? There's an App for That! By Troy Senik on Ricochet. (Senik is a former speech writer for George W. Bush and a current senior editor for Ricochet.)
The basic argument against politically-motivated spending behaviors is that one should make purchases based on quality and affordability benchmarking rather than on abstract corporate dogmas regarding global warming. We are instructed by Senik (as a for instance) that boycotting a product for political reasons is: