Why I’m Not Giving Up On Capitalism
Among friends I'm thought of as a bit of a conundrum because I haven't completely given up on capitalism. More important, I haven't given up on the idea that money can save the day sometimes.
Or pulling money.
For instance, I think shareholder activism isn't a terrible idea because you're giving them money in the first place. The goal is to manipulate by gaining enough shares/power/control to swing things your way. Would I buy Burger King to do that? No, because their entire business is based on using animals. But there are other scenarios, such as some that PCRM has suggested in the past, that do make sense; where the goal is to alter policy within a company regarding, say, research using animals when that's not required. Or putting money into researching alternatives.
And though there's a lot of ridicule among some activists about writing checks–and particularly to large organizations–check out this check to a large organization . . .
Madeleine Pickens (yes, that Pickens–T. Boone's wife) was largely responsible for Oklahoma State University canceling its planned anthrax experiments on baboons after she threatened to cancel the Pickens' $5 million donation to the university's vet school. (Here's a local news article about the situation.)
Thomas Paine's Corner has more on the story here.
I guess part of my refusal to completely abandon capitalism is the related notion (byproduct? goal, even? at least in my eyes) that larger amounts of money can make a big difference. And just like the premise of The Girl Effect, she who has the money has the power to change things faster and in a more significant way and in more in her favor than when the person who does have the power and the money has a different idea of what's important.
Okay, now take your best shot. And try not to call me any nasty names.