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A “You can now add Bezos to the legendary ‘CDEs’ of exploitation – Carnegie, Disney and Edison – who made their fortunes exploiting others.”
B “And the kingpins of exploitation – the Waltons. As humans, we seek to enslave and to colonize, not to nurture and to develop.”
A “Take one’s liberty and take one’s property. It’s the human way. We established a Constitution to protect life, liberty and property.”
B “He too seeks to enslave. Amazon has become the CyberWalmart.”
A “Like Walmart, the prices are very low and allow some shoppers to afford to make it through the day. Some of the customers may be the same employees who cannot subsist on Walmart wages. The Amazon prices are usually lower and the guarantee is objectively better than the guarantees offered by locally owned businesses that may be going out of business in part because of Amazon’s competition.”
B “By contrast, Costco pays a living wage and offers health care and retirement to its employees while offering very low prices and an unconditional guarantee to its customers.”
A “Walmart is a Red State company headquartered in a Red State. Costco is a Blue State company headquartered in a Blue State. Amazon is an anomaly – a Red State company headquartered in a Blue State.”
B “Look at the state they leave the employees in when a company pays slave wages. Slaves don’t make profitable consumers.”
A “If there are no consumers, you can’t have seventy percent of economic growth fueled by consumer spending.”
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[The author has no financial interest in Amazon, Costco or Walmart and has shopped at all three institutions.]
[Pete Seeger – May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014]
[“Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population, and seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. The World Economic Forum has identified economic inequality as a major risk to human progress, impacting social stability within countries and threatening security on a global scale.” http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/working-for-the-few-economic-inequality.]
Bumper sticker of the week:
To Enslave And To Colonize. Hey, it’s who we are.