Why do left of center political activists picket and pick on this American success story?
There are five basic reasons this market segment of Blue State politically liberal consumers do not care much for WalMart:
First, WalMart is a ‘Right to Work’ company, an open shop. WalMart sees little need for unions, but neither do employees. Low-cost WalMart doesn’t care for high-cost unions. The only people interested in unionizing WalMart are unions themselves and the Democrat Party.
Second, WalMart’s political donations favor the Grand Old Party. Readers will remember the Fast Company chart depicting political donations of various companies: Starbucks gives to Democrats; Dunkin’ Donuts to Republicans. WalMart supports the red in Republican; Costco loves blue Democrats.
Third, Corporate WalMart is Pro-life. For example, the crisis pregnancy center in Baltimore recently received a grant from the retailer. The Left and our feminist friends at the National Organization of Women do not like this brand of private sector activism.
Fourth, WalMart makes money, lots of money. WalMart sales are the largest in the world at $220 billion, with $7 billion in profits. Which is too much money for critics like activist Jim Hightower. And liberals and governments want a say in how all this loot is distributed.
Fifth, WalMart is heartless to competitors. It is the All-American retail marketing-machine: big, patriotic, delivering goods to families faster, better, cheaper. And . . .crushing little mom and pop boutiques. Survival of the cheapest, so to say, isn’t pretty. (This is the only Darwinism the Left doesn’t like.)
WalMart has whipped up the perfect storm for the Liberal worldview: generous, pro-life, pro-Bush, pro-war, pro-American.
For more conversation –
As one could guess Daily Kos doesn’t care for WalMart. Warning: adult language in D-Kos comments.
More opinions at AllWaysSlowPrices
The leftist American Street is not happy about the lack of progress on WalMart boycotts.
WalMart Watch doesn’t care for the Arkansas company. A well done blog except, perhaps, for the snarky content.
These Leftist do have style: Wake-Up Wal-Mart. See what union money from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union will buy for a blog.
Feministing would give WalMart the finger.
Goodness, the WalMart hating Marxists have clever logos.
Boston Activists Blast Wal-Mart reports The American Constitution Society.
Based on an early look at blog trend tracking sites like Blogpulse, Icerocket and Technorati, the chatter in the blogosphere is just starting to pick up. But once the amplifying effect of thousands of linking blogs takes hold, expect this film to generate massive grassroots level buzz as the November 13th release date approaches.
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind reports WalMart is actually in the publishing business.
Think Progress say WalMart’s generosity isn’t enough.
Memory Keeper says there is no free lunch.
Update: 11 Oct 2005 Chip Mathis has why do lefties hate WalMart?
Update 10 July 2006 This post was included in the Carnival of Wal-Mart I hosted by The Business of America is Business.