Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

Today on Talk of the Nation guests discussed Wal-Mart's recent efforts to improve its public image in the wake of criticism over treatment of workers and an apparently scathing new documentary titled Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (on order). While you're waiting for the new DVD, you may want to try the 2004 PBS Frontline title Is Wal-mart Good for America?, left.

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Saw the PBS documentary---a scathing endictment of the megacorp that is eating the universe. Wal-Mart is NOT good for America. Read here:

http://webhost.bridgew.edu/jhayesboh/badbusiness.html


New York TImes had an article about Walmart today..

A New Weapon for Wal-Mart: A War Room

Also:
The Labor Department apparently had a pact with the store promising Wal-Mart Stores 15 days' notice before labor investigators would inspect its stores for child labor violations.


I just sent a suggestion that AADL get the DVD for everyone to see. If others also suggest it, maybe it will be acquired for all. The link to see the trailer is at:

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com


Hi there, unfortunately your link was 'dead' and led to an empty link on wikipedia, but please note that in the original post by Amy - she does indicate that the new DVD in question is on order for the library collection. Are you referring to another film perhaps?


well the walton family is like the 3rd richest in the world. that means people like to buy things at walmart so it should be good for the american people. the other shops and stores are jealous cuz walmart has really cheap prices.

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Ah, but how do they keep prices down so low? WalMart does it by implementing a variety of unethical and even illegal business practices, including the use of child and slave labour in Asia, the illegal squelching of unions and firing of any employee who dares to join a union; and, of course, in continuation of an old American tradition, Walmarts located near Native American reservations pay less than the minimum wage.
If all this (and much, much more that I can't remember offhand) is true, why don't the Waltons get in trouble with the law? Why is Walmart allowed to continue in its evil ways? The answer, of course, is money. All the facts in the world stacked on one side of the courtroom couldn't possibly compete with the vast armada of bills that the evil corporate empire is able to summon at one thirty-eighth a moment's notice; it would be well within Walmart's capabilities to counter-sue any plaintiff into oblivion, draining their resources until they are forced to break off the case. There is nothing simpler for corporate headquarters to do than to continue to deny human rights inspection teams access to their overseas sweatshops, because, of course, they have never apprised said officials of the locations of said workplaces.
I wish I had time right now to do my research; this isn't very well argued as it stands. Still, I must insist that you are wrong, Sir pr0; there is absolutely no doubt that Walmart's very existence harms millions around the globe.
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WAlmart is terrible for america!!!
First they go into a town in the middle of nowhere, in which the only markets there are individual small buisnesses. Since walmart is a national chain they can afford to lose profit in one store. So here is what they do.. they lower prices in one store to drive the small buisnesses in the area out of buisiness, then wall mart jacks up the price since they are the only super market in the area. the national chain of walmart basically tries to form a gigantic manopoly by driving it's copetition out of buisness. It is not illegal, just mean.

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The real question isn't about wal mart, but about whether several small businesses are better than one large business. I like wal mart, but they have to have competition that is why it is good to have wal mart and another super store nearby. W/o competition any store has a monopoly anti walmart.

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I like wal mart no matter how evil they are
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but it is walmart the specifically attempts to drive out competition in such a way that it is quite unfair. They are a national chain, they can take out any small buisiness

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Wal-Mart is creepy all the people that work there give off bad vibes. Wal-Mart definitely performs illegal practices but if you have noticed more and more companies are becoming based in non-American areas so they don't pay full taxes and can perform unethical business practices. The whole American economic system right now is on the brink of implosion and companies like Wal-Mart are going to be the slave drivers that force workers into massive strikes and riots. (Politics omitted for courtesy)

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anti walmart are u saying wal mart is a monopoly?

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Nemo once observed, "There's always someone crying at Wal Mart". I said, "Yeah, usually the employees." =)


no, I am saying that wal mart is trying to become a monopoly, but it is a monopoly in some places where there is no super market to compete with them. They focus on driving small businesses out of business.

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thats basically what a monopoly is...

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I hate wal-mart. lets say you work for a company that sells to wal-mart you go about your daily life until one day your company lays you off because it can't afford to sell to any place other than wal-mart therefore they would be forced to pay you less than minimum wage. (which by the way i belive is aainst the U.S. law.) The only way that your company can stay out of bankruptsy is to get cheap labor from a sweatshop in china. Meanwhile you have to find a new job and the only one you can find is a minimum wage job at ... Wal-mart. See the cycle any1?

These are the thougths of an unintellectual though.

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pro, that is your problem. You only look at words only in one way, which is why you cannot understand poetry. Walmart is not a monopoly yet because it still has major competition from other super markets. In some areas it is a monopoly but nationally it is not.

IF YOU ACTUALLY READ MY LAST POST. Walmart is TRY-ING to become a monopoly. THEY ARE NOT A MON-O-POLY YET. DO- YOU- UN-DER-STAND? WAL-MART STILL HAS COM-I-TI-TION...

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wow ur grouchy. u said that wal mart goes into a small town and can afford to lose profit to put thee local shops out of buisnass. thats what monopolys do.

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just because it is what monopolies do, that does not mean that walmart is a monopoly

thats basically what a monopoly is...

you are impling based on your post cited above, that walmart IS a monopoly, I am simply stating that walmart is TRYING to become a monopoly but is not one right now........ do you un-der-stand? I am trying to restrain from typing anything that has a derogatory connotation towards your perspicacity.

I am not sure about "grouchy" but I am definently impacient.

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k i get it sorta.

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correct link for new anti WalMart movie

http://www.walmartmovie.com/


oh fun!!!

The Loser will conquer all!!! (Cough...cough...*gag*)


Not for the millions around the world in Wal Mart's economic clutches...


I heard a great quote a few weeks ago:
"Corporations are not entirely altruistic."--Rick Green