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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Unionized workers for Walmart - yes !
    From what I have seen at Walmart, the productivity and efficiency of their workers without an union is fair at best.
    Then the smaller mom and pops will have a better chance if WalMart is unionized (aka the UAW)... But, if this makes any difference, I really do not know....

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    People choose to work there, people choose to buy from there.
    The state chooses to massively subsidise it.


    That is terrible. Stores should not need permission from the government to exist.
    Oh the irony.


    Not that I'd be adverse to a bit of light, decentralist regulation and incentives to encourage localism and keep away the likes of Wal-Mart but even talking about that before removing all the incentives to economic consolidation and corporate-capitalism that the states supplies is a bit of a waste of time.
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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    Principled objection will be to the nature of permanent class divisions
    I wasn't aware that such divisions exist.

    and constrictions on social mobility
    I wasn't aware that such constrictions exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    I wasn't aware
    You should get learnin' then. For analysis into how income inequality and restricted social mobility are more prevalent in the U.S. than in most European countries, consider Gangl's Income inequality, permanent incomes, and income dynamics: Comparing Europe to the United States.

    In most of Europe, real income growth was actually higher than in the United States, many European countries thus achieve not just less income inequality but are able to combine this with higher levels of income stability, better chances of upward mobility for the poor, and a higher protection of the incomes of older workers than common in the United States.
    Supplement that with analysis into the probability of intergenerational transmission of corresponding economic success, specifically the probability of children belonging to the same income level as their parents. Consider Corak's Do poor children become poor adults? Lessons from a cross country comparison of generational earnings mobility.

    In the United States almost one half of children born to low income parents become low income adults. This is an extreme case, but the fraction is also high in the United Kingdom at four in ten, and Canada where about one-third of low income children do not escape low income in adulthood. In the Nordic countries, where overall child poverty rates are noticeably lower, it is also the case that a disproportionate fraction of low income children become low income adults. Generational cycles of low income may be common in the rich countries, but so are cycles of high income. Rich children tend to become rich adults. Four in ten children born to high income parents will grow up to be high income adults in the United States and the United Kingdom, and as many as one third will do so in Canada.
    So we can thus clearly observe the nature of intergenerational transmission of an effectively matching income level being a significantly occurring pattern in the U.S. and other Western countries.



    We may be able to attribute a sizable portion of that to direct inheritance, for which we'd consider a source such as Summers and Kotlikoff's The role of intergenerational transfers in aggregate capital accumulation. Consider the abstract:

    This paper uses historical U.S. data to directly estimate the contribution of intergenerational transfers to aggregate capital accumulation. The evidence presented indicates that intergenerational transfers account for the vast majority of aggregate U.S. capital formation; only a negligible fraction of actual capital accumulation can be traced to life-cycle or "hump" savings.
    Aside from that, there's also the obvious matter of a myriad amount of inequitable environmental conditions skewing human capital attainment, thus creating a prohibitive obstruction to upward social mobility.

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Maybe someday, when I have lots and lots of free time, I'll get back to you on that.

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    I'm certain of it.

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    No, Walmart doesn't need a union, if you don't like the working conditions at Walmart, go find another job.
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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by emdash View Post
    he does, I've seen!!

    I wasn't referring to his unintentional humor....such as his agenda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Please, tell me what you mean.

    You just HAD to do it, didn't you??

    It's like asking hypochondriac Aunt Emma "How's things?"

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I wasn't referring to his unintentional humor....such as his agenda.
    I've seen him in the cartoon thread...

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/lighte...post1058249476

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