On Aug. 21, Karl Denninger, activist, financial blogger, and founding member of the Tea Party movement, issued a call for a 'day of darkness' for internet site owners, and a permanent boycott of any and all technology companies that allow NSA spying or collection of electronic communications.
This much is clear -- the NSA isn't going to stop their crap until and unless the people demand it and start holding government -- and the private businesses that make what they do possible -- accountable.
The fact of the matter is that all of the above reforms we can have -- right now.
On 9/11/2013 if you run an Internet site you go dark.
If you use the Internet you go dark.
And whatever you were going to buy, whatever you were going to do on 9/11/2013, you do not do on 9/10, 9/12, or at any other time. - Karl Denninger, Market Ticker
Boycotts go back a long way in not only America's history, but also in Europe where during the 18th and 19th centuries, boycotts of goods and businesses were quite successful in achieving desired effects. Overall, boycotts have been hit or miss, primarily due to their strength in public awareness, but in many cases, boycotts upon companies and governments have led to both entities making vital changes in laws and society. A great example was the sugar and rum boycotts during colonial times which helped bring an end to slavery in Great Britain.
However, some boycotts do have an opposite effect, as in the case of Chick-Fil-A who saw an influx of support and sales after gay activists called for a boycott of the restaurant due to their opposition for gay marriage.
A majority of Americans are not disgruntled or offended by current NSA spying activities, and trust the agency to be focused on national security over domestic spying. Thus a boycott of the internet, and businesses on the internet who allow NSA or government data collection, appears on the surface to be relatively meaningless, and should achieve minimal effects.
Boycotts are one of the greatest tools attributed to a democratic society, and those who live under the protections of free speech and free choice. And for activists like Karl Denninger, who has a significant amount of followers through his financial and technological publications, using the power of money to bring about awareness or change is just one way Americans have to voice their concerns, and implement peaceful protest.