I rarely post anything political here. There’s just so much complexity on the topic, and a significant portion is impacted by your local culture. A person only an hour’s drive away may have a completely different set of motivating factors, let alone someone half-way across my country.
I don’t begrudge any political view, but I do take note when views are so entrenched that they can’t stand up to any form of discussion or debate. If your point of view is so fragile that it can’t take a couple knocks, then there’s no real point, is there? I’ve lucked in that my family and I have realms of similarity, but differences in specific points. I can have a conversation about immigration with my grandfather, and we both come out the better for it.
Canada generally has a tame political sphere. We’re often seen as being polite to a fault. This electoral cycle is fraying my sense of own. We’re a multi-partied country, and the parties themselves move along the social/financial axis as they seem fit. Often it’s to chase more votes, and to stay in power. The alternative is that parties start looking really similar. And when things get a little to similar, then the differentiation becomes qualitative – which our US cousins exemplify in name calling & attack ads. A bit of irony there, since their policies are often so diametrically opposed. I digress.
There’s some batshit crazy stuff going on around the world right now. Or perhaps it’s best said that there’s more light shone on the stuff. People are taking some really interesting stances, in nearly all cases financially motivated. China is, by simple definition, a dictatorship (absolute authority) regardless of the window dressing. It’s a hell of a lot more complex than that summary statement, but the point remains that any voice that conflicts with government wishes is crushed. Any voice – regardless of where it takes place. The NBA and Blizzard are the latest two to get caught in this trap of ethics vs. finances. It’s interesting to see how each has taken their stance on the subject.
In Blizzard’s case, does that really matter? Is anyone on this side of the Firewall going to stop giving money to Blizzard because of this ethical stance? Should they? China has 20% of the world’s population. (India will pass then in ~10 yrs due to the 1 child policy and aftershock effects – see, complicated!)
As with most political discourse, there’s no answers, just a discussion. It’s just not possible to please everyone, and even pleasing the majority is something that only seems to happen every 10 years or more. More food for thought.