Nathan (vovat) wrote,

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Up Against the Wal-Mart

Sometimes I think Facebook makes it way too easy to make quizzes, what with all of the questions like this:

"Should Walmart and all of its subsidary's like Sams Club be put out of business for its overgrowth and poor employer acts?"

And the choices:

"Yes, it should be closed completley and unemployment issued to all employees."
"Yes, It should be split up as to make it smaller making for more equal competition."
"No, its doing fine leave Walmart alone."
"Undesided or Other."

I chose the last one, not so much because I'm "undesided" (can't you quizmakers at least run a spell check?), but because there wasn't any choice of having heavier regulation while not getting rid of the company entirely. But our society is obsessed with extreme reactions to everything. If someone says or does something problematic, they should automatically resign or be fired. Whatever happened to making the punishment fit the crime? I mean, while I'm pissed off at all the hypocrites in government who talk about Christian values while having affairs, what does this have to do with their job performance? Sure, there are cases where it might, but I think our society is too keen on having people fired. And even though the guy is a huge asshole who exploits kids with cancer, I don't really think Don Imus should have been fired for his "nappy-headed hos" comment, either. Besides, it's not like Rush Limbaugh hasn't said far worse.

One philosophy I definitely don't hold to is that business should be left to its own devices. It didn't work in the twenties, and it doesn't work today. Deregulation basically ignores the fact that a lot of people are greedy bastards. I'm definitely in favor of more regulation, especially to protect the rights of workers. Some conservatives argue that this is putting too much trust in government, and while they might have a point, it's obvious that SOMEONE needs to keep an eye on the corporate world. And who else is going to do it? The Amazing Legion of Corporate Watchdogs? (Actually, that might make a pretty good comic series.)

I'm no fan of Wal-Mart, but I don't know that they're necessarily the most corrupt corporation out there. They're just BETTER at being corrupt than a lot of their competitors. I don't really like to shop at Wal-Mart, but it's not so much because of the evil as because it just seems like such a hostile environment. It's always crowded (which, of course, is a good thing for the store in a way, but I don't get why they don't open more checkout lanes), the one near here has aisles full of boxes, and the appearance is rather sterile (unlike the bright and colorful Target, where I DO like to shop, even though I don't have any real proof that they're less corrupt). So no, I don't like Wal-Mart much, but isn't there a middle ground between "nuke every Wal-Mart from orbit" and "just let them keep doing what they're doing"? Then again, there was also a Facebook poll asking whether Obama should be impeached. Um, don't you have to, like, do something wrong before you can be impeached?
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