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Colorado Libertarians Message Board › Wal-Mart!


A former member
Post #: 41
Every single unconstitutional government policy has one thing in common: They all negatively affect Wal-Mart. Every zoning law, "smart growth" law, anti-competition law and minimum wage law stacks the deck against them.

Therefore, Wal-Mart would have a lot to gain by seeing Libertarians get elected and seeing Libertarian policies in action. What if we, the National LP or the state party of Arkansas where Wal-Mart is headquartered spoke to the corporation about displaying our books, flyers and materials in their stores? Or allowing volunteers to set up tables there?

Millions of Americans walk through Wal-Mart every day, 24 hours a day, so it would be one of the most visible spots in the country. Plus, if you are shopping at Wal-Mart in the first place, you must not be in favor of any of the above laws.
user 3390748
Denver, CO
Post #: 11
Don't forget eminent domain laws. Many wal marts use their political clout to obtain property near freeway interchanges, even if it means buying up peoples homes without their consent. Wal-Mart PAC was in the top 10 of political donors in 2006. I highly doubt they felt that they were wasting their money. Keep the faith.
A former member
Post #: 6
"Before looking at the evidence, let's do some a priori theorizing based on the history of US corporate regulation. Historians such as Robert Higgs, Butler Shaffer, Dominick Armentano, and Gabriel Kolko have chronicled how the rise of business regulation, including intervention in market wages, was pushed by large companies for one main reason: to impose higher costs on smaller competitors.

This is how child labor legislation, mandated pensions, labor union impositions, health and safety regulations, and the entire panoply of business regimentation came about. It was pushed by big businesses that had already absorbed the costs of these practices into their profit margins so as to burden smaller businesses that did not have these practices. Regulation is thus a violent method of competition."­

This is what many people do not understand about free market economics. Walmart is considered by many to be the ideal of the free market, but it is not. Walmart uses the power of government (the organization that "progressives" advocate to STOP the free market) to impose bankrupting regulations on their competition, and get free/discounted (eminent domain) land on which to build their stores, and get tax based loans to build those stores with practically no upfront cost. Also, if stereo systems are built by slaves, that is not a free market. That said, it is the government, not stores like Walmart that have created the "big box" consumerism. It is the government that has destroyed the mom and pop shops. Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, et al, are just greasing the right palms to write laws that benefit each other. If these stores want to survive, they have to brown-nose the Feds. So we have these ideals of the Free Market and the Government and the people seem oblivious to their collusion and blame one OR the other for the monopolies that only government can grant. The minute a business uses the power of government, it is no longer a participant in the free market. When progressives complain about Walmart, they only have their big government to thank for it.
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