CONSUMERISM: What the Big Liberals Eat

What the Big Liberals Eat

It might be called a boycott handbook. The Council on Economic Priorities, a liberal research organization based in New York City, has put out an unusual 500-page tome titled Rating America's Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley; $14.95). It grades 130 major companies according to such "social" criteria as hiring minorities and avoiding investments in South Africa.

The result is a novel comparative shopping list. General Mills, maker of Wheaties, for example, beats Quaker Oats. Reason: General Mills' "generous and innovative" programs for housing and minority business in Minneapolis. But Quaker Oats' Aunt Jemima pancakes stack up higher than the Downy Flake brand, because...

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