Sometimes, it is during the darkest hours of humanity that the most humble of heroes emerge. While the wealthy and powerful Goliaths continue to push The Great Reset agenda there are Davids in the form of defiant restaurant owners, rogue epidemiologists, and renegade hairstylists fighting back mightily alongside countless ordinary people. Recently, a boutique travel company joined the ranks in the fight against tyranny when they announced a boycott against Qantas airlines.
The Qantas Boycott
Recently, Qantas Airlines CEO Alan Joyce announced that Australia’s national carrier was looking to update its terms and conditions to require that all international passengers or those on an international flight have a COVID-19 vaccine in order to board the aircraft. This still isn’t official policy but is a troubling trend as more airlines plan on instituting similar policies and International Air Transport Association (IATA) is pushing for all travelers to have a health passport. Notably, Joyce is also a member of the World Economic Forum who are strongly pushing for mass vaccinations as well.
Fortunately, there is some pushback emerging in the travel world. While #boycottqantas trends on Twitter, Tradewinds Travel, a small tour operator based in the UK, has done something unique by not just calling out Qantas for their policy but taken it a step further and officially announced a boycott and will not be booking flights with them going forward. On November 23 the company released a statement which explained their stance:
Whilst we are just a relatively small Independent Tour Operator based in the UK, and Qantas are a large international airline, we feel that bodily autonomy with regard to medical intervention is a personal choice and not something to be forced onto people by businesses.
We are not anti-vaccination but we are pro-choice. There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice.
The full statement regarding the Qantas boycott can be found here.
This is a small yet wonderful ray of hope for an industry on the verge of peril and speaks to what is needed desperately in the industry and beyond. Boycotts can and do force the market to act in accordance with an ethical framework that ordinary men and women get to set.
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Boycotts have been used as a tool against tyranny for centuries. Colonial Americans used this tactic against the British leading up to the Revolutionary War. In the twentieth century one of the most well-known and powerful uses of boycotting was by the anti-apartheid movement which transformed South Africa.
In 1959 a movement began in Britain calling for the boycott of South African products, namely products made by any company which supported the apartheid government. The movement grew quickly to the point where artists, academics, and sporting institutions refused to support the state. Then, sanctions were imposed while institutions began divesting from the country. Eventually, the apartheid government collapsed thanks due in large part to the economic pressure of these movements.
To this day this methodology lives on in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, whose government receives comparisons to apartheid South Africa regularly. Today musicians including Roger Waters and Brian Eno refuse to play in Israel, student movements spread throughout the world, and Israeli businesses lose out on contracts.
These movements, while excellent example of the power of boycotts, aren’t perfect. Surely there were black South Africans just as there are definitely anti-Zionist Israelis who get hurt because of these movements. Boycotts need to be as rigorously principled so as to to minimize collateral damage and resources should be made available to those impacted so they are aware of alternatives so as not to be caught up in the movement.
The Road Ahead
The state’s push for mass vaccination, and a host of other issues, have forced people to make very difficult decisions this year and sadly this trend will only continue for the foreseeable future. Those of us who love traveling may have to opt-out of boarding flights while fighting against mandatory vaccinations. Qantas employees have to decide if they want to work for a company who stands against bodily autonomy. Main street shop owners have to weigh opening their businesses in defiance of governors who wishes them crushed.
This is unfair and unjust for countless individuals but there is a huge opportunity for solidarity and connection here as well. If we stand together in agreement that bodily autonomy is an inalienable right and apply that belief universally we can change the future. At the end of the day businesses like Qantas are most concerned about their bottom line. Threaten that and they will concede or go under. Similarly, the state and their bureaucrats only exists to control. Opt out and they will disappear.