Recently I wrote an article detailing why it was counterproductive to your own success to resent those who have achieved it already. I used Bill Gates as an example of someone who should be admired, not despised, and I explained why.
So when you read what I am about to write you may be inclined to believe I am contradicting myself.
But keep this in mind: Bill Gates has donated 58% of his fortune to charitable causes. The Walton family has donated less than 1%.
Yes, I believe Wal-Mart is an evil company. I define evil as having a wanton and blatant disregard for the greater good and the well-being of others. If any person or company can fit that description it’s Wal-Mart. While Microsoft was being diabolically evil by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, Wal-Mart has been destroying communities, families and the economy at a record pace, flooding the market with cheaply made Chinese goods.
Don’t be quick to blame the Chinese, they are Wal-Mart’s victims too, working fifteen hour days in its factories for three dollars a day, while being forced to live in filthy dorms, because rent and utilities are deducted from their pay even if they choose to live elsewhere.
Wal-Mart’s greed has been enriching the Chinese communist dictatorship while doing nothing for its people. Wal-Mart could be doing noble work and creating better lives for Chinese people by paying them a fair wage, but instead chooses to use and abuse its workers in China in exactly the same way it abuses its workers at home, while lining the pocket of the Chinese government so that they can further oppress the populace and destroy Tibet.
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Wal-Mart coerces its employees into working overtime than it then cheats them out of by creating a culture of fear. Wal-Mart engages in illegal union busting practices. At the first hint of any union talks among employees the store manager is required to file a report with his superiors who then send out a dedicated team who take control of the store until the movement is defeated. The only store to ever successfully unionize was in Jonquierre, Quebec. The company’s response was to close down the store, a move which was found to be a reprisal after an investigation by the Quebec Labour Board.
Wal-Mart’s labour law violations range from illegally firing workers who attempt to organize a union to unlawful surveillance, threats, and intimidation of employees who dare to speak out.
“Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart,” A Report by the Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 2/16/04
Those little American (or Canadian) flags Wal-Mart displays on its shelves are a blatant lie to fool you into believe you are buying domestic product. All it means is they purchased that item through a domestic supply channel. The chances of it actually being North American made are very slim.
A pair of pants at Wal-Mart that sells for $19.97 costs the company only a few cents to make. But cost on society is much higher. Statistically, accounting for inflation, the average family actually makes considerably less now than they did in the 1980’s. It doesn’t take a genius to see the Wal-Mart effect at work here.
This is just a small sampling of the many sins of Wal-Mart. If You are a person with conscience, and you care about the future of your country and the world, you owe it to yourself to become informed. Don’t take my word for it, read all you can, decide for yourself.
But I’ll tell you what I think: Don’t shop at Wal-Mart. Don’t contribute to the abuse of the middle class.