I move in pretty progressive circles (and am a pretty liberal guy myself). Family, friends, church, workplace–they’re mainly left-wingers, ranging from somewhere-to-the-left-of-center to way-over-by-the-foul-line-and-maybe-even-beyond.
There’s a lot of rhetoric that goes along with hanging around these folks. Some of it is big political debates–being pro-choice or pro-marriage equality, say. Some of it is much more, I don’t know, cultural. I don’t know many people who admit to listening to country music, for instance, and team sports, especially football, seem to be looked down on by a lot of people I know.
Then there’s a real suspicion of corporations. For a lot of people I know Corporate America = Greed, globalization = Bad, people who trust corporations = Stupid or Misguided. And yet, I was having a discussion with a cousin of mine who is definitely in this category, and she was bemoaning how it was that she was flying out of Toronto ON AN AIRLINE OTHER THAN <<<PORTER AIRLINES>>> and how TERRIBLE AWFUL HORRIBLE this was because <<<PORTER>>> was so wonderful and every other airline was so appalling.
I thought her enthusiasm was kind of amusing, especially as her rhetoric tends to be so anti-Big Business. So I mentioned it to another relative, other side of the family, similar outlook on the world, and was all prepared to share a little laugh about it, but she interrupted OH MY GOSH POOR HER TO HAVE TO FLY AN AIRLINE THAT ISN’T <<<PORTER AIRLINES>>> because <<<PORTER>>> is the ONLY airline worth anything at all.
Anyway, since then I began making a list of Liberals With a Bizarre (IMHO) Attraction to Certain Corporations Despite Being Anti-Corporate in General. Turns out they’re everywhere. Apple is a big example, of course. Target seems to be one too. There are car companies that fit, too–Saturn, for all the good that did it, and Volvo, and Subaru. Some of these are Good Corporate Citizens, I am sure, but not all of them.
Anyway, this isn’t about yelling HYPOCRISY-- I’m just being amused. As for me, I don’t have any particular fondness for <<<PORTER AIRLINES>>>, never having flown on it. I use a PC but have been happy to use Macs in the past, I never owned a Saturn, I don’t see the hype about Target, etc., etc., but I must confess to being a huge fan of a corporate-owned baseball team–
Do you see this? In yourself, in others? What corporations? Please share!