ethel’s words

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THE BAFFLING WAL-MART FUROR

When corporate giants, such as mainstream media, gush with condemnations of a fellow corporate giant, one must wonder why. These guys usually connive together more than they compete.

I observe discontented, powerless, underlying populations joining in the war-cry against Wal-Mart that is being shouted by the Power brokers of Yankee America. Is it any wonder that, at the same time, the dumbed-down and numbed-down, inactive, impoverished, faceless masses--yes--go along with a society that is focused on torture as a way of life?

If the withdrawn, doped-up, over- and under-fed, over-entertained masses--yes, masses--it has come to that, against my wishes--begin to agree with the corporations that undermine their very health--in fact, lives--then is there any hope? Is this the situation that baffles me? That the intellectual life of Yankee America comes out of an electronic box?

SMILING, WHY?

Why do the shoppers at Wal-Mart and the checkers and the “How May I Help You” attendants smile? It may be that these persons are not competing with each other, so are friends, not combatants. Are they able to eat full meals on the day before payday? It may be that they are so poor they don’t have the leisure time to get dumbed-down.

So what am I told by the media who serve me? (Print, not electronic.) I know that a group of Industrial Banks are pulling all ropes they can to keep Wal-Mart from getting the same privilege that the protesting banks have.

I am baffled by the corporate fear. But I think I understand the masses (I don’t like to call persons “masses” but in this picture they are losing their faces) being sucked in: It is the old thought-to-be-wily editorial composition: start with a broad sweep of a general observation that any “normal” persons would agree with (viz, “we love our country”), then, thus holding their hand, they can be led into believing idiocy, cruelty, self-immolation or anything else.

On the other hand, thousands of thousands of people shop happily at Wal-Mart seven days a week, here in Salt Lake City, site of the “bank battle”, as well as in more neutral places. Maybe we’re not all sucked in.

Ethel C. Hale