Small Business and Market Materialism Uber

1008 WordsAug 21, 20125 Pages
Labouring The Walmart Way Wal-Mart is not just the world's largest retailer. It's the world's largest company--bigger than ExxonMobil, General Motors, and General Electric. The scale can be hard to absorb. Wal-Mart sold $244.5 billion worth of goods last year. It sells in three months what number-two retailer Home Depot sells in a year. And in its own category of general merchandise and groceries, Wal-Mart no longer has any real rivals.Wal-Mart wields its power for just one purpose: to bring the lowest possible prices to its customers.Deenu Parmar presents the fact as people will still continue shopping at Walmart without being concerned about their policies for their employees.Wal-Mart is a success because it sells products that people…show more content…
This means that nearly $660,000 in wages is lost annually. Walmart may say they help people 'Live Better', But this study shows that communities will be much worse off, with lower wages and less money in the community. WalMart doesn’t produce new technology or innovations that improve the quality of life. It takes business from existing firms by offering the same merchandise cheaper. That’s all it does.It does increase the wealth of shoppers by allowing them to buy things at lower cost. But the major expenditures of a family aren’t for WalMart items; WM doesn’t sell houses, cars, or health care. WalMart is both a cultural symbol and is an economic force that proclaims free market materialism uber alles. It destroys other institutions based on relationships of human connection and solidarity -- be they neighborhood businesses or unions. WalMart helps transform people into anomic creatures whose lives are dominated by the search for bargains -- at whatever social cost.As long as we, the consumer, allow Wal-Mart to follow it's current trend of undercutting and annihilation of small businesses, Wal-Mart will continue to destroy it's communities, lie and turn a handsome profit at the expense of our welfare. "If people were only consumers, buying things at lower prices would be just good. But people also are workers who need to earn a decent standard of living," says economist Larry Mishel of

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