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Boycotts should be rare, but Mozilla’s intolerance calls for one.


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Dennis Prager

In 31 years of broadcasting, and 40 years of writing, I have never advocated a boycott of a product.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, when the Left attempted to destroy Chick-fil-A for its owner’s views on same-sex marriage, I suggested on my radio show that the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, stand in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant while enjoying some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

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In that way, I argued, he could show one of the great moral differences between the Right and the Left. Though Ben and Jerry are leftists, we conservatives do not believe that company owners’ views should matter to consumers. We believe that products should speak for themselves. If the ice cream is good, despite whatever repugnance we might feel regarding the views of the makers of that ice cream, we will still purchase it.

The Left doesn’t see things that way. The Left is out to crush individuals and companies with whom it differs. This is especially true today on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Perhaps the most dramatic example took place last week: The governing board of the corporation that develops widely used browser Mozilla Firefox forced its CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign. After appointing Eich to the position, the Mozilla board learned that in 2008 Eich donated a thousand dollars to the Proposition 8 campaign in California. Proposition 8 amended the California constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In classic Communist fashion, gay-rights organizations demanded that Eich publicly recant his position. When Eich did not, gay-rights and other leftist organizations called for a boycott of Firefox, and Mozilla immediately forced Eich out.

All these years, the Left, after coining the term “McCarthyism” in order to disparage the Right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the Right that suppresses liberty. The truth, of course, has been the opposite.

Worldwide, with the exception of Nazi Germany (which was a uniquely race-based totalitarianism, not quite left or right), every genocidal totalitarian regime of the 20th century was leftist. Domestically, too, the Left has shown much less interest in liberty than in forcing people to act in accord with its values. A totalitarian streak is part of the Left’s DNA. To the Left, how you think matters and what you do outside of work matters: More than 20 states prohibit judges from being leaders in the Boy Scouts, because the Left has deemed the group homophobic.

During the McCarthy era, the Left (and not only the Left) screamed when people were falsely charged with supporting Stalin and Communism, one of the greatest evils in human history. But the Left also screamed when people who really did aid and abet Stalin were dismissed from their jobs.



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