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I ran across this Conservative Case Against Wal-Mart a while back and meant to post a link to it here.It’s by a UCLA corporate law professor, Stephen Bainbridge. Quote: "Being a conservative is supposed to be about things like tradition,
community, and, yes, aesthetics. If I’m right about that, it’s hard to
see why a conservative should regard Wal-Mart as a societal force for
good even if Hugh [Hewitt]’s right about the job story."

This is great to see. I spend a lot of time railing about the enormous blind spot which American conservativsm has about big business. And for that matter the left is pretty blind, too, in a different way. Pardon me for stating the obvious–to me this is about like observing that water is wet–but big business is no friend of conservative values (to say nothing of specifically Catholic values) either in principle or in practice.

I don’t have time to say much about this at the moment, but wanted to pass it on while I was thinking about it. Here also is a New York Times story about Wal-Mart which seems pretty balanced to me. It appears to me that the immediate economic impact of businesses like Wal-Mart is mixed. And it’s certainly complex. What does seem very clear is that the long-term impact has to be negative, both economically and culturally.

Maclin Horton

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