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Friday, October 15, 2004

Wal-Marting the World

Wal-Mart: Bringing crap from the East to the West at the only prices the people of the West can afford now that the people of the East have their jobs. But not only that--Wal-Mart continues to run roughshod over the cultural differences that make the world an interesting place. Getting its start turning the quaint Mayberry's of the South into abandoned cores with a big-box wart on the highway out of town, the evil smiley face then turned its wicked grin on the rest of America. Eventually Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham, Michigan became much more alike. And if smiley gets his way, Birmingham, England will soon follow.

And it's not just blind corporate expansion; Wal-Mart actively seeks to destroy local culture. In Mexico, they're building a new store just several thousand meters from the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the crowning structures of the ancient city of Teotihuacan. And in Honolulu, a new store just opened on the site of an ancient burial ground. And hundreds of eager shoppers rushed past the handful of protesters.

They're destroying the world, and the inhabitants seem thrilled to just let them do it.