Archive for the 'Communism' Category

More help for disabled workers

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

A new law will clarify the rules over workplace accommodation for disabled workers. Congress Passes Bill With Protections for Disabled Congress gave final approval on Wednesday to a major civil rights bill, expanding protections for people with disabilities and overturning several recent Supreme Court decisions. … The bill expands the definition of disability and makes […]

What we’re discussing in my 1945-Present class tomorrow.

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Cross-posted at More or Less Bunk. “Diggers assume free stores to liberate human nature. First free the space, goods and services. Let theories of economics follow social facts. Once a free store is assumed, human wanting and giving, needing and taking, becomes wide open to improvisation. A sign: If Someone Asks to See the Manager […]


Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Yesterday I read Brian White’s analysis of the University of California at Berkley study: Living Wage Policies And Wal-Mart, How A Higher Wage Standard Would Impact Wal-Mart Workers And Shoppers. Two things strike me about this story: first, my perceived flaw in the study; and second, a statement White makes at the end of his […]


Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

[Update — 1023 — Marketplace hits the protests this morning.] Wal-Mart, even with the cover of Bharti, is going to face a level and kind of protest against its entrance into a market that I don’t think it has seen before; we’re talking communist banners and burning trash in the street. From the BBC: About […]

Wal-Mart agrees to buy Chinese chain

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Via Yahoo News Wal-Mart Stores Inc has agreed to acquire a Chinese supercenter chain for about $1 billion in a move that would give the world’s largest retailer the biggest food and department store network in China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The deal is for the 100 Chinese supercenters owned by Trust-Mart, […]

Unions and China

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Two related stories in the NY Times: China Drafts Law to Boost Unions and End Labor Abuse and Official Union in China Says All Wal-Marts Are Organized The money quote: “We are going to exert very high pressure on all these types of companies until unions are established there,” Mr. Guo said. “It is an […]


Thursday, October 12th, 2006

First there was one, then 19 and now all 62 Wal Mart stores in China are unionized. Now unions in China are different from unions in the western world, but the announcement today will send shock waves through the Bentonvile behemoths structure. Wal Mart employees in the United States and around the world will have […]


Friday, September 1st, 2006

As further evidence of the changing political and economic environment in Communist China, the New York Times this morning has a piece about how Chairman Mao is beginning to disappear from school books in Shanghai. When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall they may be in for a surprise. The […]