by GREG RUSSAK
The “Walmart vs the Morons” email finally landed in my inbox. Can anyone possibly take this seriously?
Perhaps defining Walmart as a “success” and the government as a “failure” depends mostly on how we think about and define words like ‘success’ and ‘failure’ from the outset. Is it only be about money and market share and return on investment, or can contributions to society and to the present and future well-being of individuals be part of the definition of both words, too?
How awesome it would be to have a time machine. One of the trips I would take would be to 200 years or so into the future. I’d like to see how our progeny looks back at us. I wonder how they would judge our definitions of success and failure. I would love to see if Walmart, the Post Office, and American democracy are still operating in any way that would be recognizable to us. I suspect it will all look pretty different from today.
I’d also like to go into the past and bring the Founders into the present day. It would be fascinating to get their reactions to what we think and have to say about them, their ideals, and their intended vision for America. I wonder what they’d say about how accurate our view of them actually is.
When it comes to Walmart fixing our economy – a thinly veiled homage to all things privatized – my hope is that they’d consider the idea to be an idea even more preposterous and dangerous notion than I think it is.
It’s preposterous because a company that makes enormous amounts of money isn’t any kind of guarantee that it’s full of people capable of fixing anything at all, let alone something as complex the nation’s economy. It just means they know how to make lots of money. And assuming that what’s meant by the proposal that we “hire” Walmart to fix the economy actually means giving Walmart and private enterprise even greater influence than they already have over politicians and the economy strikes me as extremely dangerous.
It’s an idea bound to only make a bad situation worse, and here’s why. [MORE]