Paul Mirengoff suggests a boycott because of Rush Limbaugh’s failed bid to buy an NFL team, where a bunch of NFL owners and NFL players and NFL fans convinced the NFL that it was a bad idea to let him into the NFL for the purposes of being an NFL person. Of course, they aren’t going to boycott the NFL, because that would just be stupid:
hose who celebrate Limbaugh’s exclusion like to call it a marketplace decision. Since most of these folks aren’t exactly free marketeers, it’s tempting to roll one’s eyes, or worse. But it’s difficult to deny that, at some level, this was the marketplace at work.
And therein lies a lesson for conservatives: we should consider making the marketplace work for us. This means, for example, organizing boycotts of the goods and services of those whose actions (I’m less inclined to say “views”) offend us.
I’m not talking about trying to boycott the NFL. Let’s not be ridiculous. Conservatives (including me) are at least as addicted as the rest of the country to sports, and professional football is the narcotic of choice for the American sports fan. I’m talking about directing our efforts at more vulnerable enterprises.
In a sense, this is already happening. Many conservatives have deserted the mainstream media, and a number of MSM outlets are suffering in part as a result. But this represents natural gravitation, not punitive behavior.
I’m suggesting that organized, punitive behavior may be the right response in some cases to left-leaning enterprises that seek our business, as well as to enterprises that, though not left-leaning per se, behave like leftists in order to maintain market share.
Did you know that the best way to get back at people who make a certain thing happen is to just randomly lash out at everyone you don’t like? It works in relationships, and it works for Rush Limbaugh.