The great Wal-Mart debate
There is nonsense and then there is f—ing nonsense.
The damage that WalMart and other chains have done to the social and economic infrastructure of American communities is out-of-this-world.
The "bargain" in "bargain shopping" is that Americans saved nine dollars on a hair dryer while they threw away nine trillion dollars worth of civic amenity. Dan Ferris's bean-counter view of the phenomenon is limited to an extreme.