Why I Won’t Go To China (AKA Scapegoat Ethics)

China and I are not cool. Or more accurately, China is the current scapegoat for my travel conscience. I firmly believe that how I spend my money needs to try and match my ethical standards. Really, the only feedback you have into products or places is your money. No corporation or government goes on to Facebook and randomly checks how many members the anti-whoever groups have. Why would they care? The only statistic they want or need to know is money. All of the rhetoric and slogans in the world are barely a murmur compared to the sound of cash. So when you choose to travel to a country, you contribute your money to their community and government, and in turn you’re endorsing them and their policies. That is why I will not visit China — I strongly disagree with the Chinese government’s policies and tactics and will not support them with my hard earned money. Things are always a bit more complicated though, aren’t they? Continue reading “Why I Won’t Go To China (AKA Scapegoat Ethics)”

NY Times editors might go to hell for this one

bush-god.jpgToday the NY Times published a very good list that they call the “Must-Do List”. The list is of things that need to be done to reverse the unwise and lawless policies of Bush and Cheney. Regardless of your political affiliation it is an important list to read. Not just because it is the current trend to hate on the Bush administration, but because it’s important to see some of the ways our rights have been derailed in the past 5 years. Every American should read the list regardless of their opinions on each item.  Continue reading “NY Times editors might go to hell for this one”