Friday, November 26, 2004

Black Friday: Now that the tryptophan has worn off... 

Hecate over at Atrios has an interesting suggestion:

This year, I’m urging
everyone I know to refuse to spend money for Xmas as a protest. Stay out of the stores. For Goddess sake, don’t run up credit card debt. Give your family and friends the gift of your time and attention rather than a new sweater that they won’t wear or some object to clutter-up an already over-cluttered life. But just not buying isn’t enough. You’ve got to contact the retailers and credit card companies and tell them: I’m not going to be buying Xmas stuff and I’m not going to be charging Xmas stuff until this country has a system in place that ensures fair and verifiable elections. Reader Kate has done the research and discovered that The National Retail Federation “is the world’s largest retail trade association . . . .” Write to Their Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs, Katherine Lugar. Here’s her contact info:

National Retail Federation
325 7th Street, N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: 1-800-NRF-HOW2
Fax (202) 727-2849
(via Atrios)

Seems to me this is an idea that everyone agree with, even (perhaps especially) Christians, who must surely be appalled at the commercial desecration of Christmas.

My only concern is that the front of attack—all retailers—might be too broad. Why not pick a weak corporation out of the pack, and attack that corporation? Readers? Perhaps a weak corporation that's a heavy Republican contributor?

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