Archive for the 'Philosophy' Category

EIGHT IS TOO MANY GREG…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

One of the ways to ensure inaction is to compile a list of actions necessary for your success that runs more than two- (maybe three) items long. Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran has come up with a list of eight items—six too many in my book—to fix in order to make Walmart better. Walmart is […]

I’d rather go to Rome.

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

This article on materialism in the New York Times is fascinating in many ways. While I sympathize greatly with the idea, I can’t even imagine getting down to only one hundred possessions (my library would blow the whole experiment to heck right there). However, since this is a Walmart blog, I’ll cover the Walmart angle: […]

“If Wal-Mart is evil, what is the U.S. Government?”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Um…a non-profit venture which we can vote to change, unlike a company where the richest family in the world controls the majority of the stock. [Offering our rebuttal will be Uncle Bob…]

Obviously pollster John Zogby has never been to a Walmart.

Monday, September 7th, 2009

From Reuters: The dire economy appears to have made Americans less materialistic, with a poll showing most people would choose items from discount retailer Wal-Mart over luxury jeweler Tiffany’s trademark blue boxes. A survey of 41,175 adults by Zogby Interactive found Americans were choosing to live with fewer material possessions, with two out of 10 […]

I’M BACK…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Good morning everyone. I’ve been taking some personal time, but as of this morning I’m climbing back into the saddle. I’ll post more later today, but for now, here’s a piece I wrote while at the Wildacres Writer’s Retreat in late June. How would you fix Walmart? That is the question posed to my co-blogger […]

The best of Robert Feinman, Part III.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

This one is for Bob: I’ve said before that philanthropy is anti-democratic since the super wealthy get to set social agendas without any input from the people (or those they are presumably trying to help). Personal charity is one thing, but spending wealth gained by dubious business practices to improve one’s public image or assuage […]

More Moralizing from the Media

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In a “We have met the enemy and he is us” (Pogo) moment we have this from a pundit at the NY Times: Media and Retailers Both Built Black Friday But in the search for the usual suspects and parceling of blame, the news media should include themselves. Just a few days ago, the same […]

WALMART THEOLOGY…?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

In this world where Walmart is an icon that can be associated with nuclear weapons, I shouldn’t be surprised when a blogger co-ops the name to brand a religious. In America we love associating religion with nearly every thing we do. From Careful With That Blog Eugene: What is Wal-Mart Theology? It’s religion for the […]

Too Big to Fail

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

As the “capitalists” in the GOP proceed with the largest nationalization in US history, it seems a good time to talk about market dominance. In the past six months a half dozen financial firms have been effectively nationalized. In order to disguise this a variety of means have been used, such as lending money to […]

Did Karl Marx work for Wal-Mart?

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I can’t believe this was in the Wall Street Journal: Karl Marx…offers a helpful work philosophy where traditional fonts of conservative wisdom fail. Marx saw humans as naturally creative: “free conscious activity constitutes the species-character of man.” Furthermore, humans want to craft loveliness: “Man . . . produces in accordance with the laws of beauty.” […]

Is Walmart Charging too Little?

Monday, January 14th, 2008

It’s been known for a long time that the price of a product has some influence on the way it is perceived. This is what is behind charging more for brand names. Now there is some experimental confirmation of the effect. Study: $90 wine tastes better than the same wine at $10 Researchers from the […]

WAL-MART IS GOOD FOR YOU… RIGGHHTTT…

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Robert has already noted the research paper released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He’s right, we’ve addressed all this before. He’s also right that it’s exhausting having to uncover the same flackery again and again. But clearly there are those out there who believe that if you tell a lie often enough it […]

Year end wrap up

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I’d just like to wish a happy new year to all our visitors and contributors. Most people make lists of the best/worst at this time of year. Walmart Watch has one up, for example, so I’m not going to do that. Instead I’d like to look at the progress that has been made over the […]

“GREENWASH IT WAS NOT…”

Friday, October 12th, 2007

That, at least, was how invited guest Sami Grover, Director of Sustainability at The Change, saw Wal-Mart’s recent Live Better Sustainability Summit. And, after reading a number of reports from the summit this evening, I agree. In the ’90s I was executive editor of GIE’s Recycling Media Group. We published magazines, newsletters and books in […]

“Wal-Mart has unleashed an incredibly destructive force on America.”

Friday, July 13th, 2007

I agree with this.