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Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions, and disdain for culture will hurt us all



  • Amazon drives down wages, avoids taxes and destroys intellectual life, while profiting from government subsidies
  • 4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies
  • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know

Richard (R.J.) Eskow, Salon

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bezos_walmart.jpgJeff Bezos (Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Jeff Haynes/photo montage by Salon)

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 | Franklin Foer, editor of the New Republic, has weighed in on the Amazon controversy with a piece titled “Amazon Must Be Stopped.” The subtitle reads “It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy. It’s time for a radical plan.”

I, for one, am feeling a little less alone as a result. We proposed our own “radical” approach to companies like Amazon and Google back in July, which was to treat them as public utilities if we’re not willing to apply antitrust law. It’s good to have Foer’s company in this effort.


Richard (R.J.) Eskow is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and the host of The Zero Hour, a weekly program of news, interviews, and commentary.

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4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies, Jim Hightower, AlterNet 

  • The price of Amazon's success is worker exploitation, the destruction of local enterprise, and the creation of a corporate oligarch.
  • The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe


The Wal-Mart You Don't Know, Charles Fishman, Fast Company

  • The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs oversees. 
  • Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
  • Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices