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Monday, December 08, 2003

Harley Sorensen on Wal-Mart
As Californians, I think we should support our grocery workers on strike and lockout in Southern California. If they lose, we all lose eventually.

On the other hand (and this is where it gets complicated), we should at the very least sympathize with supermarket management. If not for their fear of Wal-Mart, they'd be willing to settle with their workers.

Maybe the California Legislature can repass the bill outlawing big-box stores (i.e., Wal-Mart). Maybe Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign such a bill. His predecessor, Gray Davis, vetoed it last time around. Schwarzenegger is more honest than Davis, but, then, who isn't?

You and I can save money by shopping at Wal-Mart. We also can save money by stealing. The question becomes, Is money the most important thing in our lives, or do we have higher values?

The whole article is here.

Early in the article, Sorensen writes:

To the best of my limited knowledge, Sam Walton did not break any laws building his fantastic Wal-Mart empire.

What about anti-trust laws? Isn't the very idea of anti-trust that companies should be able to compete in the marketplace but not control it?