|You know, it's sad but true... I hate Wal-Mart. They built a store right behind my Grandmother's home (she used to have a quiet home, but they had to have another Wal-Mart within 10 miles of the first), and right down the street from my home (leaving two other buildings empty elsewhere in my area!), and on both sides of my college town, after leaving a giant, (and very ugly) empty building in the middle of my town that no one else is able to fill. Don't get me wrong, I am the biggest Capitalist pig you've ever met, and I shop at Wal-Mart when I'm strapped for cash, but don't think I don't resent how incredibly awful their service is, how incredibly long it takes me to find anyone to help me when I'm lost in the damned place, or how incredibly inept their workers are (there are too many to train them for real customer service) or how insane the traffic has become near the stores. And don't think I don't hate how when a community votes against a Wal-Mart and the corp comes back in bed with the government so that they conveniently get around any sort of, you know, people that live there. (Darn those people who think they know what's best for their community!) They do all those great things though... like jobs for so many, cheap products for the poor... but I just cannot get by these other issues. They run the government in certain places. That's not the kind of freedom we're looking for here!|
Call me crazy, but I am sort of in love with Downtown Athens, Georgia, where I live. Tiny art stores, bookstores, record stores, clothing stores, restaurants, jewelry stores, and great make up one of the most fun and interesting places in the Southeastern United States. I would hate it if they were all gone; they are so unique and so much better to work in than any Wal-Mart. I love the fact that Wal-Mart saves people money, and that they have been so successful, but I also think that they are irresponsible with their power (they force community governments to let them develop wherever they please, even if they are not wanted, taking away the rights of citizens to chose what they want on their land, they leave empty buildings to build 1 mile away instead of renovating... among discrimination violations that have been in the news...). And they have only grown so big with the government interference I hate so much... would they have been this big and been able to "trample ma and pa" if it weren't for this help? These subsidies? I doubt it seriously. It's not true capitalism. Besides that, I have money to spend, and I get a much better quality product at a smaller store, especially for expensive items, like furniture and jewelry. But even they feel the knife that is Wal-Mart. In the name of Objectivism and Rationality, should I give up my attachments to my beloved Downtown and let Wal-Mart be my new hang out? Are they getting into the bar business anytime soon? 25 cent shots instead of $1? Cause hell, I'd go!
(Wait, Wal-Mart is also the new moral compass in our society... censorship of movies and CDs, not selling birth control, giving you mean looks when you buy condoms... I guess I'll be waiting awhile for my Sam's *Drinking* Club then...)
Seriously, how can I have a real sense of life if the only place I can shop is the most maddening place on the face of this earth? Wal-Mart sucks. And I'm poor. Sorry Andrew. If you can do it, I'm not stopping you.