Saturday, July 12, 2003

Thou shall not have Wal-Marts 

That's the Seventh Commandment of the Elitists.

Remember, you might like Wal-Marts, you might like convience, and you might like buying things at cheaper prices, but these people are smarter, and they know what's good for you, so just sit down and shut up.

Since they perceive themselves as locked in a life-or-death struggle, it's not surprising that the activists' rhetoric tends toward the extreme: One told me that "mega-stores gut the hell out of a town." And it is often explicitly anti-Wal-Mart; that's one of the costs of being the country's most successful retailer. Wal-Mart, with more than 2,000 stores in the United States alone, is "the exemplar of...corporate colonialism, which is to say, organizations from one place going into distant places and strip-mining them culturally and economically," one opponent told The Wall Street Journal. "We're not anti-Wal-Mart," another explained to the Baltimore Sun, "we are anti-pig."
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