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Boycotts are an essential and necessary part of public life

In 1880, in the west of Ireland, an English land agent had become notorious for the exploitative and mean-spirited way in which he treated the farmers on the property he managed.

On this particular estate, negotiations over rent had turned sour and 11 of the farmers were threatened with eviction.

  • Osman Faruqi
  • The Age

In protest, other farmers withdrew their labour and stopped harvesting the farm’s crops.

Townspeople also shunned the land agent and shopkeepers refused to serve him.

At the end of the year he fled Ireland as a result of the sustained social and economic ostracism.

This particular land agent’s name was Charles Boycott, and it’s…

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