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June 29, 2009

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Nomad Man

I am always shocked when I realize that someone I admire for his brilliance in one discipline can be a complete idiot in others. You French have a name for it, no? Idiot Savant? How can someone who is capable of understanding the complexity and subtlety of wine not see the monstrosity or Wal Mart? I guess if you are not well informed about something, you can always be on the wrong side of the fence. Perhaps you should write that piece about Wal Mart. If you did, you would have to do research on it, and that would in invariably inform you and make you be anti Wal Mart. Read about their anti labor rights history, or the way they have destroyed complete communities. In a very real way, they are the complete antithesis to good, natural, traditional wine. In fact, they are incompatible.

Jack Everitt

I couldn't have said it better: "I am always shocked when I realize that someone I admire for his brilliance in one discipline can be a complete idiot in others. You French have a name for it, no? Idiot Savant? How can someone who is capable of understanding the complexity and subtlety of wine not see the monstrosity or Wal Mart?"

Walmart - definitely in top twenty-five evil companies of the world! Here's a recent article about them:

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/ranbaxy/

Bertrand

Here comes the flak, but I deserve it, my fault... I'll read through the anti-Wal-Mart site (thank you Jack) and issue a public apology for my sins if necessary...
Oh, and there is another chain I'll fight for if necessary, R.E.I., the outdoor store based in Seattle. Just hope there's not as much hostile think-tanks targeting R.E.I...

Steve L.

Wow--that wine and cheese cost all of five dollars. Know what you'd get for five dollars here? A bottle of "Two Buck Chuck" and a package of Kraft American Singles (don't ask; you don't want to know...). (I like REI, too.)

Whit Stevens

“I am always shocked when I realize that someone I admire for his brilliance in one discipline can be a complete idiot in others.”

Another possible reaction might be: “I was shocked you had a different view about Wal-Mart than I, but since I see brilliance in your knowledge of wine I will consider that perhaps my opinion of Wal-Mart should be revised”

What does it say about a person if they always have the former reaction, rather than the later?

The wise people I know are not quick to harshly judge ideas they disagree with as idiotic, stupid, or evil. I think it is because the wise understand that the world is complex, everything involves trade offs and most things are not entirely good or bad. Further, it occurs to them that they could be wrong!

In any case, Wake Up Wal-Mart is a campaign group affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Not surprisingly, the group is critical of Wal-Mart which, in addition to being the largest private employer in the United States, is also the largest grocer in the US. They are not an unbiased source of information, as the Union workers they represent work for companies in direct competition with Wal-Mart.

Here are some sources of information, both pro and con, to consider:
-The Wikipedia entry on Wal-Mart is reasonably fair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal-Mart
-The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy by Richard Vedder and Wendell Cox
-How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It by Bill Quinn (Paperback - April 1, 2005)
-The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman (Paperback - Dec 26, 2006)
-Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America by Anthony Bianco (Paperback - Feb 20, 2007)

In my judgment, one’s ultimate stance on this issue will not be an indication of idiocy or evilness. Some will obviously disagree.

Bertrand

Thanks, Whit,
I think the problem here is that many debates have been hijacked by clanic-type behaviours : If you adhere to a particular vision of the world on a particular issue, you're obliged to take the whole pack of other issues and follow the same direction than what I would call "the new clergy", be it on Wal Mart or global warming, which I don't. Régis Debray, the French essayist who conceptualized this "new clergy" phenomenon, faced similarly harsh criticism for pointing to these politically-correct groups and refusing to fit in the pattern.

Margaret

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