Walmart = Evil?

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  1. Uncle Sam says:

    People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the industry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
    Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

    The coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to this::Sam Walton’s WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

  2. Chuck says:

    I think the problem is not inherent in unions, but rather that over time, it has been proven that union leadership becomes corrupt and too power hungry. I’m not discrediting unions, for they’ve certainly done great good for a great number of people, but the fact is, in many cases, unions are also detrimental to the overall health of an entire *industry* (see American automakers). There has to be a balance between what’s fair for the employees and what’s fair for the company, for if the company always gets the raw end of the deal, soon, there won’t be any profits to pay the employees with.

    And you are right that "They all do it", as in they all outsource cheap manufacturing labor to China. In this day and age, to remain competetive, manufacturers (and by proxy retailers) have no choice but to do so. But the thing is, you can do that and still treat your American employees with respect and dignity (i.e. the CostCo. philosophy). While the difference in the products and services that CostCo. and Sam’s Club carries is minimal, the business *philosopy* is vastly different in how they view the lowest rung on the ladder: the average employee.