It may be said that the conservative movement is divided on how to curb the influence and interference of corporations’ starring public discourse and free speech, especially Big Tech.
But, the GOP must fight back on a united front to truly secure free speech.
Conservatives can do this by choosing where to and where not to spend their dollars.
In the last few months, we have seen corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta speak out against the election integrity law in Georgia.
Big tech giants, namely Google, Amazon, and Apple followed along the same route.
In effect, the left's cancel culture has gone mainstream.
Any voter who watches the news is aware of how Big Tech, corporations, and large companies are now taking open and public political positions on a variety of different policy or cultural concerns. The keyword here being "public."
These entities want to shift public opinion, even at the concern of losing some of their customers. If they opt not to take a public position, they get ostracized like Home Depot is right now, due to the company not advocating against the Georgia election law.
The left's culture wants to target conservative companies, force companies to become political by forced association through "canceling," and manage the American citizenry's views upon an issue according to their preference.
Of course, conservatives are in a bind over this.
Most conservatives are not going to advocate for the federal government punishing private companies due to political disagreements. Still, conservatives also recognize that the continued course of action is detrimental to the conservative movement and free speech at large.
Here, the populist right and the small government-minded right need to come together in fighting back against these companies. Those in the movement need to use their voices fight back against companies that go against their values.
Suppose Delta and Coca-Cola want to take a public political position on an issue.
In that case, there needs to be a voice that advocates for the company not to take part and direct their consumerism elsewhere.
Providing alternates can be a goal as well. Conservatives cannot just quit drinking soda, but they can quit drinking Coke.
They can’t quit flying, but they can quit flying Delta.
An influential conservative voice has to organize this effort for it to have an impact.
A figure such as Donald Trump Jr., Tucker Carlson, or Ben Shapiro could have a substantial effect by telling conservative consumers which companies to support, and which ones to boycott.
In practicality, the movement cannot advocate against an entire industry because people have to consume products and the free market needs to thrive.
But redirecting business to another company or corporation that does not directly polarize half of its consumer base is the path forward if it is organized correctly.
The conservative movement should not attempt to cancel anyone. These are entities that benefit from private citizens deciding whether to consume a product or not.
If they want to take a public position and advocate against a specific policy or cultural issue, that is perfectly fine.
However, the consumer bases of each of these corporations need to be made aware of who they are giving their money to.
Taking a stand is called taking a stand for a reason.
You say what you believe in and deal with the consequences; if companies want to shift public opinion through their power, consumers (as to how the companies make their money in the first place) need to be made aware of those attempts at such a shift.
Kenny Cody is a 24-year old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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