Don't cover your head under a pillow. Show some honor and stick your neck out; for the Samurai of the San Juan take no prisoners.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Rebel seeks clue.

Have you seen these new Wal-Mart™ propaganda ads?

They have people who, in no certain terms, try to convince you that the big blue box is actually good for your community and your business.

“Wal-Mart buys my pumpkins,” one declares.

“More people see my store when they shop at Wal-Mart,” another man boldly states, conveniently forgetting to mention whether any of those potential customers actually enter his store, or even what kind of store he owns. Wal-Mart doesn’t sell wheelchairs, bongs, or 12-year-old virgins, yet.

While it is certain that monsters like Wal-Mart will bring money into the community, the question is at what cost? It’s not a question of how many jobs are being lost or created. Straight math has nothing to do with this equation. The real pickle is how much revenue is created for the workers versus how much income is sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed.

I understand the arguments for and against the corporate blitzkrieging (sp?) of America. Shut down the little man at the local grocer and we can save bundles on toilet paper, trash bags and batteries. All we have to surrender are a few small businesses, perhaps our souls. Possibly the most troubling part of all this is our ignorance of the nature of the beast.

Make no mistake; we are at war; we just don’t see it; they have made sure you don’t see it. We are being completely bowled over by their superior bank accounts and lawyers. Our defenses are useless at best, nonexistent at worse. We have been cowed and simply fell into line. I don’t know if we should be asking ourselves how we can win this battle or if we are better off trying to tame the beast and coexist with the slavering monster.

I know there was no discernible point to this entry. It’s not like anyone relies one me for that.



Blogger Jason W said...

It is a very insidious game they play, and it isn't just Hell-Mart (just ponder for a moment how easy it is to locate the nearest Applebees in relation to Chilis in Anytown, U.S.A.). It is all a part of the homogenization of America's marketplace. By running ads such as this and by making their stores "look" like hometown businesses they give people a false sense that there is still real competition, when in reality it is two or three huge conglomerates that own all of these businesses (don't believe me, check out Yum Brands). It started in food service and has moved into entertainment and information as well (think Clear Channel, Time Warner). And the sad thing is that all these companies have somehow convinced everyone that they are good for a capitalist economy (they crush competition), that they do good for our communities (they exploit the working poor), and that their products are good for us (people who eat at these places tend to be even more overweight than the rest of us fat Americans). I think I've made my point. Thanks for bringing this up Nate.

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