Friday, April 5, 2013

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

"the word mercy is going to have a new meaning, when we are judged by the children of our slaves."
-- musician Bruce Cockburn, "Broken Wheel"
Fueling Wal-Mart globalization is not preparing for the post-carbon future, even if they put solar panels on a few of their stores.
Shipping boats back and forth between Chinese slave labor factories and the Port of Oakland is not green, efficient or sustainable (even if a Sierra Club propagandist is paid to greenwash it). I doubt that any of the people singing the praises of the new, green Wal-Mart would be willing to work for a week in their factories in China, or let their teenage daughters work there. That would be a test of the sincerity of these marketing campaigns.
Wal-Mart's monopolistic practices make it likely that they will gain even more of a death grip over the "means of production" as rising energy costs force competitors out of business. It is hard for ethical businesses who want to pay their employees a fair wage to compete with Wal-Mart, which does not believe in paying their workers a fair wage, whether in the US or in Chinese sweatshops.
The idea of Wal-Mart going green is as sincere as the wind power turbines at Guantanamo. No, that is not a joke.
A company caught selling non-organic food as supposed organic is not one whose public relations for being "green" should be taken seriously. the only "green" they are interested in is grabbing more pictures of Washington, Lincoln, Franklin, etc.

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