Monday, January 30, 2006

Speaking of book reviews

I am finding it hard to like this piece of Wal-Mart apologia, which is really quite pointless. Sub-Economist mitherings about "well, on the one hand Wal-Mart are union-busters and pay terrible wages, but on the other hand you can get gherkins really cheap", we gottem. Of course, any criticism of Wallyworld is basically motivated by anti-Americanism. Or if you're American, Bush-hatred. And in turn, therefore snobbery. So, rather like one of those modern feminists you can see with their tits out on page 3, Aaro appears to be shuffling toward the position that buying Wal-Mart stock and providing political cover for its assault on labor[1] standards and zoning laws is the progressive, even the slightly radical thing to do.

Oh, and we British have always hated the retail trade because we're anti-Semites. I wish they'd given these books to Nick to review to be honest.


[1]It's like "Labour" but it doesn't have a party.

2 Comments:

Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

What's with the comparison between Philip Roth and Jane Austen as emblematic of their respective cultures? Not only are they not (either of them), they're also 200 years apart. Very strange.

1/31/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

You might as well argue that Americans worship simple frontiersmen (like Lincoln) while Brits like their grocers (like Thatcher). Which reminds me, Britain was being described as a nation of shopkeepers a long, long time ago...

Its another point for "the vulnerability, the fallibility" though, isn't it? Sure, Walmart is bad, but there were other bad companies before, and they magically stopped being bad, so therefore we don't have to do anything to stop Walmart being bad today. And anyone who does consider doing something, is obviously a snob, therefore even worse than Walmart. Hooray!

1/31/2006 10:14:00 AM  

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