No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart
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No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart

The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice

Tom Slee

No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart

Publisher: Between The Lines.

Official Page: Between the Lines: No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart.

Publication Date: Spring 2006.

ISBN: 1-897071-06-X


Every week, millions of North Americans take advantage of their freedom of choice by shopping at Wal-Mart. Ironically, the cumulative effect of these actions may be to remove real choice by driving alternatives to Wal-Mart out of business. As a result, many who spend their money at a Wal-Mart store may nevertheless end up wishing that it had never been built.

Faith in the ability of choice and the market to give us a healthy and prosperous society is widespread, but misplaced. Whether we are looking for a clean environment, cities that work, discrimination-free workplaces, a good school system, or a vibrant and varied culture, No One Makes You Shop At Wal-Mart shows why individual choice fails to give us what we want, and why we need to rely on collective action rather than individual choice to take us to where we want to be.

For more detail, see Chapter 1.


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