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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Boycott Google? Pt. II

After doing a bit of research and reflection, I have decided that boycotting Google is not in anyone's best interests. The original post had to do with Yahoo! for giving up the information that led to the arrests of several bloggers. Google has avoided this area of business for exactly that reason: they did not want to be put in that position.

I guess what it really comes down to is this: if you are going to do business with China, you have to play by their rules. China has a long road ahead of them. If the people of China want an open society, it will be up to them to make the strides that will lead them there. They should be supported in their efforts whenever possible, but we should be realistic about our ability to change the Chinese government. I think even President Bush realizes his own limits in this regard which is really saying something.

Finally, I just think there are more important battles to fight. How about boycotting Exxon, for example, or any company owned by the Maxxam corporation? Why Maxxam? Its CEO Charles Hurwitz is number one on my s*** list. Have a browse here to see why. In short, he is the human manifestation of everything that is wrong with the corporate system. A criminal who remains at large in his Manhattan penthouse.

But I digress. The point is that in this world of corporate criminals who own our lives (if not our souls) putting pressure on Google because they are not championing human rights in China just seems, well, a little misdirected.

I think I'm going to get into this Hurwitz thing again. It has been too long, and the saga continues.


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