When You’ve Lost Brands, You’ve Lost America

Let us pause to consider what an extraordinary moment we’re in.

If you’re of a certain age — ours or older, at this point — you’ll recall what a slog South Africa divestment was: Krugerrands, Sun City, years of effort to isolate apartheid from world commerce.

And here we are, barely a week into Georgia’s Jim Crow reboot, and we’re looking at almost 200 companies already making noise against it, many via something called the Civic Alliance.

It ain’t just Major League Baseball. It ain’t just Georgia homies Delta, Coca-Cola, and Home Depot, either. Salesforce? Target? Uber?

Companies are rushing to get ahead of the curve on this one. And Josh Marshall at TPM has what we think is the correct understanding: “Consumer-facing corporations are most sensitive and responsive to economic dynamism, disposable income and growth.”

It’s the old line about brands wanting your loyalty when you’re young, because you’re unlikely to switch over the decades ahead. Combine that with a younger management — and much younger educated workforce — and you have everyone skating to where the puck is going, to invoke another B-school commonplace.

Which brings us to the first part of this extraordinary moment: Traitor-class Republicans whining about Woke Capitalism and Corporate Communism. Wait, aren’t these the folks who applauded the rights of businesses not to put two dudes atop wedding cakes? Are you saying they’ve been hypocrites all along, advocating free speech only when it’s to their advantage?

Heavens! We might need another vaccination for this.

And really, if they want to revoke baseball’s legal monopoly, who are we to gripe? Heck, they could go after publicly funded stadiums while they’re at it.

But hey, there’s no wokeness about this — c’mon, Uber? — just cold cynical calculation, the kind corporations are supposed to do. They’re all eyeing their “addressable market”, and deciding that aging racists aren’t part of it.

Which, funny thing. is what politicians are supposed to do. That’s the source of all the Centrist blather, that you want to appeal to the widest swath of voters to get elected and stay in office. But centrism doesn’t work if you’re in a position to exclude part of the market from voting in the first place. That’s how tyranny works — cooking the books, to keep our metaphors aligned.

Problem is, the folks you exclude from voting are still there. And still buying stuff. And — this one is new — still making noise.

We didn’t have social media during divestment days. We definitely didn’t have it during Jim Crow: The Original Series. Shit gets out now, and fast. Which is also why corporations are rushing to get on the right side of history before someone catches them otherwise.

Mind you, this one’s very specific — we don’t expect to see “Have a Coke and Defund the Police” ads anytime soon. And we don’t recall much Corporate Resistance when the despots were in charge just a few months ago.

But! There it is. Uber could just shut up and pay other people pennies to drive, after all. Instead, the algorithm says Take a Stand.

And that’s what’s really extraordinary.

Where this goes, dunno. For all the noise, we’re not expecting a Georgia Divestment movement to take off and endure. But we’ve been saying forever that nothing’s gonna change until there’s broad awareness of the shit going down, and if there’s one element of American society that knows from awareness, it’s Brands.

Don’t anger the Brands, Republicans. You won’t like them when they’re angry.

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The Braves are caught in the middle. The same Braves who moved to a massively publicly funded stadium out in predominantly white Cobb County in part to escape the black folks in Atlanta AND who keep electing the GOPer dipshits who enacted Jim Crow 2.0 which is so toxic that the MLB sez fuck no to an All Star Game which helps fuck/deny the white taxpayers of Cobb out of a chance to show off their stupidity on national TV.

Talk about a Moebius trail of (white) tears. Couldn’t happen to a better group of dipshits.

Bless their racist hearts.

OMG yass! hahahahahahahahah

‘White Lies Matter’ group says Jefferson Davis chair will become a toilet unless demands are met: report

“…a group calling itself “White Lies Matter” has stolen a $500,000 monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis from Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama, and is holding it for ransom.

The monument is an ornate stone chair — and the group is warning that unless their demands are met, they will convert the chair into a toilet.

Instead of cash … the group has asked the United Daughters of the Confederacy to hang a banner outside their headquarters in Virginia: “The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives.”

https://www.rawstory.com/white-lies-matter/

And with the All-Star game being moved to Coors Field, a 15-minute drive from where I’m sipping my coffee, the Jim Crow crowd is trying to push the line that Colorado’s mail voting is more restrictive than Georgia. It’s a rate personal lesson in how they ignore most of reality and lie about the rest.

I actually owed munnie for 2020, so I paid more in federal tax dollars than all of America’s sleazy wealthiest families and despicable corporations combined in our dystopian kleptocracy. Yay.

It’s fine; I’m grateful to have a job and the multiple calamities over the last year didn’t upend my life as it did so many others.

It’s sad this country is so hopelessly dysfunctional that my pittance wound up being so many orders of magnitude greater as a contribution to the national treasury than America’s richest, who love our nation so much they can’t stop trying to make it implode.

Congrats to DB on winning this year.

/kicks the floor/
Damn Zags, fucking chokers.
Damn you Houston.

@ManchuCandidate: Not sure I’ve seen a Loser ultimately rise to the top. Keep an eye on those total points possible, kids!

Jamie Demon’s annual shareholder letter is basically a signed confession from the oligarchs that they’ve plundered the country to the point of collapse. Whoopsies.

“The past year highlighted challenges for U.S. institutions, elected officials and families, as our country’s rivals see a “nation torn and crippled by politics, as well as racial and income inequality — and a country unable to coordinate government policies (fiscal, monetary, industrial, regulatory) in any coherent way to accomplish national goals.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/07/jamie-dimon-says-economic-boom-fueled-by-deficit-spending-vaccines-could-easily-run-into-2023.html?&qsearchterm=jamie%20dimon

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