New York Times: Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law

I’m enjoying this dynamic.

Progressive activists who are 8% of the American population are forcing multinational corporations to take polarizing stands on social justice issues. They can’t do this without alienating populist and conservative voters and creating a backlash that pushes people in our direction.

New York Times:

“On March 11, Delta Air Lines dedicated a building at its Atlanta headquarters to Andrew Young, the civil rights leader and former mayor. At the ceremony, Mr. Young spoke of the restrictive voting rights bill that Republicans were rushing through the Georgia state legislature. Then, after the speeches, Mr. Young’s daughter, Andrea, a prominent activist herself, cornered Delta’s chief executive, Ed Bastian.

“I told him how important it was to oppose this law,” she said. …

That passive approach infuriated activists. In mid-March, protesters staged a “die in” at Coca-Cola’s museum. Bishop Reginald Jackson, an influential Atlanta pastor, took to the streets with a bullhorn and called for a boycott of Coca-Cola. Days later, activists massed at the Delta terminal at the Atlanta airport and called on Mr. Bastian to use his clout to “kill the bill.” Still, Mr. Bastian declined to say anything publicly. …

It was messy, but to many activists, it was progress. “Companies don’t exist in a vacuum,” said Stacey Abrams, who has worked for years to get out the Black vote in Georgia. “It’s going to take a national response by corporations to stop what happened in Georgia from happening in other states.” …”

Big Business always had a cozy relationship with the Republican Party. This is especially true here in the South where corporations like Delta have been subsidized by Southern state governments in an effort to promote economic development. The New South mania for development never ended.

We’re moving into a new era though. Big Business is now aligned with Democrats and progressive activists. Populist voters are being driven out of the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party. This has led to ideological confusion in the Republican Party which has traditionally been a conservative party but is evolving into a populist party. We’re watching the end of the liberal vs. conservative era in American politics and the electorate resorting into a populist vs. progressive alignment.

The Democratic Party in 2021 is being transformed into the Whig Party or the old Republican Party. It is the party of corrupt and haughty Eastern elites, technocrats, upper class professionals, Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Business and millenarian social justice reformers. It is the same constellation of forces which have traditionally conspired to step on the neck of the common man in this country.

Note: American politics used to be more interesting before mainstream conservatism.

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  1. I admire your optimism – seriously.

    Betting on the “backlash” seems like “losing more slowly”. Actually, what’s needed is a strategy of relentless offense. Republican state governments must collaborate to actively punish Woke Capital. Pick one target (Delta seems like a good one) and go for the jugular – rescind tax breaks, cancel contracts, deploy tax inspectors & regulatory auditors, encourage boycotts. Corporations can try and bully Georgia but Georgia, Texas, and a handful of others is a different matter.

    We’re in a brave new world politically, that’s for sure – more like Africa or South Asia where politics is no-holds-barred and often blurs into street action.

  2. All the CEO’s and other top administrators of corporate American went to college where they were brainwashed to believe that all White people are inherently evil “racists”, “Nazis” and “White supremacists”. Therefore, corporate America’s job is all about “social justice” and “anti-racism” bro.

  3. “Woke capitalism is undermining the cozy traditional relationship between conservatism and Big Business”

    Just another step in the realignment of the political landscape, the forming of a populist body politick, and, overall, in the reorganization/reconfederatizing of America.

    It’s the most promising scenario we’ve had in America since Lee went North in 1863, though, this one is not going to come to a stop near a cemetery atop a ridge.

    But, of course, those at the top of the racket are scared to death, and they’d like you to be.

    Are you?

  4. “VIDEO: Thanks to the efforts of activists, organizers and allied organizations, we stopped GA Republican legislators from passing key parts of their voter suppression wish list. Now corporate leaders must use their clout to show they stand with voters. #gapol”

    Would they be doing this if it were Pennsylvania, or New York, or Wisconsin passing laws almost identical to Georgia’s?

    I don’t think so. Reconstruction never ended. Because it’s not in the Southern People’s nature, I don’t believe they’d take advantage of an opportunity to get revenge on Yankeedom.

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