In Defense of Wal-Mart
There are plenty of entry points for business aside from directly attacking Wal-Mart.
The reason Wal-Mart has prospered is that it gives people what they want.
If the people wanted something different they would spend their dollars in a different way.
Those that fight Wal-Mart present all sorts of red herrings, but what it comes down to is envy.
Look at how many of the articles end up by talking about how much money the heirs have. Envy.
Wal-Mart provides what people want.
To change that you would have to rob from all those poor people that need low prices to help those that hate success.
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill
We can have what Soviet Russia had, limited and controlled poor quality products somewhat equally distributed to those that lacked connections; or we can have free markets.
In free markets some will prosper beyond others. - That is a good thing.
To those screaming about the horrors of free markets; please yourself if you wish to live in a wattle and daub hut surviving on gruel while experiencing frequent famines and plagues. Rational people tend to prefer the better life offered by an open and free society. Don't demand others give up their lives by spieling your emotional screed reinforced with factual errors; and don't procure some government busybody to demand it of others for you. That is still theft. )
Someday Wal-Mart will be surpassed by a better company, just as they replaced K-Mart (Do you remember the same complaints about K-Mart, I do). Everyone will again benefit as the free market works.
Under free markets the gap will continue to expand between rich and poor; but the poor will be richer than they ever were.
Free markets help everyone, except a few protected groups that would penalize all to their benefit.
Those that scream at Wal-Mart fall into three groups:
- those that would sell the poor out so they can personally benefit
- those that hate to see someone prosper more than they do (envy)
- those that have been fooled by the above and their false arguments.
If you want change, look to smaller government that interferes less with small business; less regulation and taxes are a better way to even the playing field.
Not shooting at those that give people what they want, at a price they can afford.