I see your point, I didn't think of the box stores, but the truth is that they can die off and things would be way better. Fuck walmart. I HATE that place. They have run my small town to the ground. Every store closed except Kroger. We have one other grocery store that keeps changing hands. I shop at Kroger and when I have absolutely no choice, I will make myself go to walmart, but oh do I hate it. Anyhow, I digress. If we could cut off the walmarts, we could recreate the micro-economies. We could go back to buying locally produced goods. I know its very Pollyanna of me, but I know it would function on a far better level than this bullshit does.
Let me ask you this: Do you know what people felt about money after the great depression? I would love to know if everyone went apeshit buying stuff or if they saved and worked hard and were happy with less...
Maybe that could happen for us...
Unfortunately lefty, I don't think the box stores will die off. I think that allot of our problem is that we are our own worst enemy's. I'm in the same boat as you. I don't go to Walmart and I used to bust peoples balls that I know who do. The thing is, they just do not care.....they don't really understand the real damage the super stores cause, nor do they care if you try to explain it to them because all they see is the cheap prices and one stop shopping. I no longer bust balls....about much of anything. I listen to the ignorant talk about anything from war, the economy, or just about anything else and nod my head. Its not that I don't care. Its just that I have come to understand that people can only see what they want to see. It is something that I guess we are all guilty of at times.
Every once in awhile, and at very odd times it seems, I run into someone who does have a clue and its a pleasure talking to them.
Anyway, I digress....
For some reason, when I read this thread, I had a little flashback to the way it used to be in my trade. I got to thinking about the days when the owners of the companies we work for would buy material for the jobs we were doing that were not made in this country. You know what we used to do back in the day? Refuse to install it. To a man.
Unfortunately, over time they began to buy more and more stuff from out of the country and some of the guys "broke rank" if you will, and began to install it. Once that happened any resistance pretty much caved in. For quite awhile, (just because I like to be a pain in the ass), every time I would get a box of couplings for example, with (at the time), made in Mexico on it, I would scream at the top of my lungs that I was grabbing another Mexican piece of shit. Many of the guys understood that what I was basically saying was that because of this box, someone from this country was out of a job. (Now allot of the stuff we buy is from China).
Again, I no longer say much anymore other than a grumble every now and then. Its funny in a sad sort of way that others shrug in agreement. Its just not worth it. Its a lost cause.
I'm not really sure why this thread made me think back to those days. I guess that in a way it is all tied together. Heck, the more I think about it, everything is all tied together in some form or another. If we look hard enough we can even see it, or parts of it at least. Its actually quite amazing.
Ahhh well. Whatever will be will be.