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thelegendarybirdmonster wrote

Peter Gelderloose has critiques of veganism that talked a little about the ineffectiveness of boycotts, but I remember them to not be a very convincing critique of veganism. Maybe if seen through the lense of a critique of boycott they'll be better.

You can try looking for dedicated chapters in books/articles critiquing non-violence in general.


An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

What is zero waste?


thelegendarybirdmonster wrote (edited )

Zero waste is an organisation philosophy that promotes the reduction of waste via conscious consumption (paper bags instead of plastic, bring your own reusable jars to buy stuff, etcs...), reusing junk (making "tawashi" with old clothes, repairing stuff instead of tossing them), in order to produce no wastes at all.

They're a multinational organisation it's quite well known so you might be able to find a local branch.


An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

Some thoughts.

Veganism and boycotts are generally different. One is an abstention model and one is a leverage model.

There are no demands that vegans make when they withold from buying products. For vegans, the entire industry must go.

When someone boycotts, they make demands. I won't buy from you until you do XYZ. Here, the industry survives once it makes changes.


wrecked_um wrote

Aric McBay's chapter "A Taxonomy of Action" in DGR's book has a few paragraphs on this. Firstly that any moderately successful boycott will be immediately criminalized, as BDS was. The US has had laws on the books since the 1970s that render it a crime for businesses to provide information to assist boycotters. Furthermore, the discretionary spending of private citizens is dwarfed by that of both the state and corporations; you might as well fart into a hurricane.