I'm convinced that consumerism is the great distracter in America today. Why decry the many erosions of personal liberties, civil behavior, or quality of life when I can buy a sharp new outfit. The Style Network is my favorite venue for shadows and delusion. What's yours?
But there's a solution: an unpopular, collective solution. But if the least-resistant take it up, promote it a bit, and benefit from it, then perhaps others will follow. Buy less, buy well. Buy from your ethics, and don't support those whose values you don't share with your money.
So, if you register Internet domains with GoDaddy, you might want to change registrars given the "it ain't really torture" attitude of one of its founders. If I did register with them, I'd drop it right now. (Hat tip: Jordon Cooper) I still won't drink Coors.
But a postive "buy-cott" is a bit more intuitive. Support those companies that reflect your values. But don't buy more you need.
The money you save might be needed to defend your liberties or help causes you think are vital.
So this is your turn to comment: which companies or products do you like, and what buying strategies do you employ?