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After Ruining America, the Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over

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The coming implosion of big box retail implies tremendous opportunities for young people to make a livelihood in the imperative rebuilding of local economies.

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David C (131)
Monday February 25, 2013, 7:29 pm
One can only wait.....let us hope it happens fast and hard!

lee e (114)
Monday February 25, 2013, 9:25 pm
I feel the essence of this article is vitally important -- the grandeur and waste that this country has become adapted to is crumbling, not just because it is in declline, but that we are beginning to discern our obligations to the planet, as well as to ourselves..Our pride as a nation must take back seat to our desire to preserve out integrity as a people who wish to use what strength we have to direct a policy of compassion and a policy of world interaction to promote equity for all workers and an environmental standard that leads the planet to self-prservation, which includes the equity of all people to fair pay and the ability to unite in the common cause to preserve the environment and eradicate poverty that places each of us in jeopardy as we abuse the poor to benefit the rich! This is but a small movement toward a much greater ideal ( no I'm not a Marxist - only knowing that without these changes, we cannot exist) :)

Carol H (229)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:34 am
noted and agreed!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:42 am
Even the largest, most generic of stores cannot drive out niche-specific commerce, simply because that niche knows the importance of putting a premium on quality, personal service, hard-to-find services. I am more concern about the "political entrepreneurs: who use government as an ally in keeping competitors at bay. Face it, we are all contributors to the problem. as the saying goes when you point a finger three are pointing back at you. On the other hand, it is just less fun to take responsibility.

Annick Letourneau (67)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:52 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 11:20 am
Hm. I don't know what to make of this. I'm really hoping for the collapse, because at least the damage the corporations have been doing will stop, but at the same time I worry it will have unforseen consequences.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:04 pm
Many things need to change.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:04 pm
It sound too good to be true!

John B (185)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:19 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Mr. Kunstler. A great read an I do hope he is right in his prediction. Read and noted. Adios, Wal-Mart!

David Johnson (13)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 8:44 pm
Thanks for the link to AlterNet and the article by Mr. Kunstler. I'm of mixed emotions about the article. part of me whole heartedly wishes that it does come true. But, on the other hand, could there be unintended consequences. I have to give in to my half full glass opinion. If this means that Wal-Mart implodes, then GOOD riddance to them. A whole new entrepenurial class will soon emerge consign Wal-Mart to the dustbin of history.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 9:11 pm
"I hope young people recognize this and can marshal their enthusiasm to get to work. It's already happening in the local farming scene; now it needs to happen in a commercial economy that will support local agriculture.

The additional tragedy of the big box saga is that it scuttled social roles and social relations in every American community. On top of the insult of destroying the geographic places we call home, the chain stores also destroyed people's place in the order of daily life, including the duties, responsibilities, obligations, and ceremonies that prompt citizens to care for each other."
I think this is unmitigated GOOD news - and we will ADAPT!
Very soon.... Young People are more Socially Conscious than the older generation, I think - and it will be up to THEM to institute the new Paradigm!
THANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE - I had not hear this before!!!

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 4:04 am

Shirley B (5)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 5:16 pm
I agree with Lee, things must change.
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