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People Got A Lotta Nerve

In Adventures on December 11, 2009 at 12:35 am

The worst thing about living in the future is the comments on the Internet. You know, the place where people turn into animals and treat each other like shit? I hate that.

Here’s a good example that also shows how passionate people get about buying American: a customer discussion at titled “Is anyone trying to buy American-made things?” Well duh. Don’t they read this blog? Read the rest of this entry »

By way of some sort of explanation, I present this email exchange.

In Adventures on November 13, 2009 at 12:06 am

Subject: Your blog
From: Chris
Seriously you’re only buying American this year? Why?

Subject: Re: Your blog
From: Me
It’s been an adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

What does Buying American mean?

In Resources on March 25, 2009 at 12:07 am

I pondered this question in the car yesterday, on my way home, stuck in traffic on the Forest Park Parkway. I wrote it on the back of a McDonald’s receipt and enjoyed the incongruity.

What does Buying American mean? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Buy American? Part II.

In Resources on March 5, 2009 at 12:08 am

After telling my friend, Elon (*Reader #6), about my fancy-schmancy blog he visited and read and even posted some comments. He also gave me some good feedback:

I’m digging the blog a lot, but wondering why you didn’t delve deeper into your initial motivations. I wanna know more.

To which I replied, after some babbling about buying American being just a whim:

I think the conglomerate answer is that it seemed like one simple thing I could do that would have a wide-ranging impact for me, personally. So instead of buying local or growing my own or saving money or buying less or not buying junk or buying organically or shopping green or supporting the American worker or fighting companies that ship jobs offshore or generally doing lots of different “responsible consumer” things, this one step might lead me to a bit of all that. And so far, I think it has.

I’m happy enough with that answer to share it.


(* Readers: #1 Shelley, #2 Leah, #3 Jeremy, #4 Dan, #5 Crystal, #6 Elon, #7 Bryn. Hi everybody.)

NPR: Why Buy American?

In Adventures on February 4, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I’m political, but not very smart. My Republican friends (as if!) point that out frequently (the not smart part). Look at that: first sentence and I’m digressing already.

I’m political, but I only kinda understand certain things. Lots of things. That’s especially true when those things apply to economics. And trade. Read the rest of this entry »

A rambling rant about capitalism

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

1.6.09: Maybe it’s just because I know, in my heart of hearts, that truly and honestly big American corporations would kill me if they could make a buck and get away with it. Tobacco companies do it and that’s fine. I’m really not complaining. Lots of other companies do it in lots of subtler but probably even more evil ways. Let’s just not pretend Read the rest of this entry »

Am I Un-American?

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Okay, fine. I’m un-American. I don’t mean to be. I’m certainly not advocating buying American because I want other peoples/countries/races to fail. I’ve just been taught for years that buying American creates American jobs and that’s good for Americans and since I’m a good American that’s good for me. Is that no longer true? Was it ever? Did I totally miss the boat here? Read the rest of this entry »


In Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm


“Buy American” is UN-American
By Harry Binswanger, Ph.D.
Published online at the Ayn Rand Institute and excerpted below.

According to a recent poll, 80% of Americans Read the rest of this entry »

Meaningless Patriotism?

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

1.6.09: Everywhere I look I see China.

On the radio today was a discussion of the country. In the lobby Newsweek was a story about economic slowdown hitting the region, and how all of their booming growth is now subsiding. It made me feel like maybe I should buy Chinese stuff to help ‘em out. You can read it here.

Then I picked up Read the rest of this entry »

Why buy American?

In Edibles on January 18, 2009 at 1:43 am

1.3.09: I was prepared to report that I didn’t buy anything today, but of course I proved myself wrong. I bought dinner.

Shelley and I ate with Dan and Crystal at the new Sasha’s wine bar at the end of my block. I bought for Shelley and I and, of course, the whole purpose of the meal was consumption. We started with locally-made Volpi prosciutto with Parmesan cheese from who knows where; it didn’t occur to me to ask. Crystal was drinking a Bloody Mary for her hangover (they did a lunchtime “beer run”) so I joined her.

It was over Bloody Marys that I mentioned my MITUSA resolution. Crystal asked instantly: What about the Vodka? It hadn’t occurred to me that of course everything I consume at a restaurant is purchased from somewhere not necessarily local, and not all of it is American-made. It just so happened that the prosciutto was local, but what about the million other things I ingested? Veggies, spices, condiments… there’s no way the lime in my drink was grown in the USA, right?

What the hell is a guy supposed to do? Can I not eat vegetables in the off-season unless I move to California, and then only avocados and pears? Can I not dine out? I suppose I’ll have to investigate at the grocery store this week. Fingers are crossed. Read the rest of this entry »