Boycotts: Left & Right

The War in Iraq may be over, but the trans-Atlantic “War of Boycotts” carries on. On the one hand there is the boycotts organized for European consumers against American companies, by groups such as Consumers Against War and the Global Boycott for Peace.

A piece in today’s Washington Post by London-based Will Hutton introduces “Mecca Cola” (apparently all the rage in France these days) and warns “This boycott of U.S. products could really do some damage.” That may be, but Germany’s Die Welt back on 1 April was dismissing such European-based attempts at boycott as harmless.

On the other hand, there is this site for those wondering “How Americans Can Buy American” – and not French, or German, or from any of those other countries which lack backbone. It’s got the “Biggest French Boycott List Anywhere!” and provides guidance to such contemporary dilemmas as “Is it OK to buy a Chrysler or Mercedes made in the USA?” (“Chrysler”? – how long has that been an American brand? Since 1925!)

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