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What kind of place is America in 2011?  Sadly, it is one giant sea of conformity.  If you traveled across the United States 40 or 50 years ago, you would encounter a vast array of cultures and you would meet a wonderful mix of people.  But today America is slowly but surely becoming standardized.  It seems like wherever you go you will find a Wal-Mart and a McDonald’s.  Thanks to Hollywood and the mass media, people all over the country dress the same and look the same and talk the same.  Sure there are various subcultures out there, but even many of those subcultures are virtually the same on one coast as they are on the other.  The things that gave flavor to our local communities are dying off in favor of greater conformity and greater profit.  Today, most retail stores and most restaurants are corporate owned.  Most small businesses that attempt to go up against the Wal-Marts, the Targets, the Burger Kings or the Home Depots of the world have already been stomped out of existence or are in the process of being stomped out of existence.  Eventually, if we are not careful, corporate conformity is going to dominate everything from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  Some may view this as “progress”, but is this really what the American Dream is supposed to be all about?  Is this really the “America” that we want to pass down to future generations?

Our society has become so homogenized that we don’t really question it anymore.  We all watch American Idol, we all buy the same boring looking cars we see advertised on television and we all buy the same mass-produced corporate products down at Costco.

For many Americans, doing something “exotic” means going out to Applebee’s on Friday night.

If you are under 40 years of age and you have never been out of the country you should really make it a point to do that. Today there are millions upon millions of young Americans that have no idea what “another culture” even looks like.  All they know is how America does things and they have been taught that the American way of doing things is always the best.

Sadly, sometimes we think our way is so superior that it should be forced upon the rest of the world.

When this nation was founded, our founding fathers were extremely suspicious of large concentrations of power.  Corporations did not dominate early America.  Instead, millions of individuals and small businesses worked together to make this country great.  Back in those days a “family store” could be started without fear that a corporate giant like Wal-Mart would come waltzing in to crush it.

When Wal-Marts started to spread across the United States, almost everyone loved them.  The prices were lower, the selection was much greater and Wal-Mart brought jobs to the community.

When I would visit family or friends they would always excitedly talk about the new Wal-Mart that was going up somewhere nearby.  They saw Wal-Mart as a sign of progress and something that would make their lives better.

Unfortunately, we now know that all of that corporate conformity comes at a very high price.

When Wal-Mart moves into a community, often dozens of local businesses can’t compete and are forced to close.

Wal-Mart does bring jobs, but they are really crappy jobs.  A very, very small percentage of Wal-Mart jobs will even come close to enabling someone to support a family.

But Wal-Mart is making a ton of money.  So where does all of that money go?

It goes out of the local community and into the pockets of the Wal-Mart shareholders.

Wal-Mart is like a giant vacuum cleaner.  It sucks the wealth out of our local communities and it transfers it into the hands of the very wealthy.

But don’t all of the products sold at Wal-Mart support American businesses and American jobs?

No.

Just go into a Wal-Mart some time and start picking up products.  You will notice that the vast majority of them are made outside of the United States.

Americans love to buy stuff made in China.  And the big corporations love that because they are more than happy to pay slave labor wages to workers in places like China and India.

But I don’t want to just pick on Wal-Mart.  The vast majority of our retail establishments are now owned by huge corporations.  They all crush small businesses and they all suck wealth out of our local communities.

Most of us have enjoyed the “low, low prices” that the mega-corporations have brought in, but as inflation has gone up faster than our wages, large numbers of Americans have had to go into debt in order to enjoy all of these cheap products.

Today, what the average American family owes is equivalent to 136% of what an average American family makes each year.

We have a national addiction to debt.  To the corporations and the banks we are viewed as “consumers” and the goal is to drain as much money out of us as possible.  They want us to be completely dependent on them so that we will be snared in the trap of “consumerism” forever.

The fact that corporations have become so dominant in our society is a huge reason why wealth has become so concentrated at the top.  Today, the bottom 50 percent of all Americans own just 2.5% of the wealth.  In a true capitalist society this would not happen because individuals and small businesses would be able to compete fairly in the marketplace and would be thriving.

But unfortunately, our system greatly favors giant corporations today.  In fact, what we have in our country today is much more aptly called “corporatism” rather than “capitalism”.  The vast majority of Americans work for either a giant corporation or for the government.    We even teach our children that they should go to college and study hard so that they can “get a job” rather than telling them that they should endeavor to “start a business” someday.

If nothing changes, wealth and power will continue to become even more concentrated in the hands of the few.  Meanwhile, America will just continue to become a giant sea of corporate conformity and a very boring place.

“America 2011″ is not nearly as interesting as America was 50 years ago.  We are becoming defined by our greedy corporate overlords.  We just blindly conform and we let others do our thinking for us.

If our founding fathers could see us today, they would be absolutely horrified.

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  • mondobeyondo

    Anyone remember Montgomery Wards?

    “Montgomery who?”

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. Google it… they were really big 50 years ago.

  • mondobeyondo

    After visiting Las Vegas this past weekend (day trip from Phoenix to Vegas and back), I’ve experienced a lot of “foreign culture” (tongue in cheek)…

    1) A group of men speaking in a foreign language that I didn’t understand, while walking in the Circus Circus parking lot. One of the men inadvertently said “Delhi”, and I figured they were from India, and were speaking Hindi.

    2) Another group of young women speaking Spanish, which I do understand. One of them mentioned Argentina, another mentioned Buenos Aires. Quite sure that isn’t in Canada.

    3) The unforgettable (or forgettable) New York New York hotel/casino complex. Yes, complete with an Eiffel Tower replica! Almost like being in Paris!! Yeah! (If Paris were 1/3rd smaller in size). So cool! I’d like to see the real Eiffel tower someday. *sigh*

  • VegasBob

    Actually Michael, the vast majority of Americans are already in the poor house on the way there. Except for the few who are grossly overpaid through their civil ‘servant’ salaries or executive level corporate jobs, the people are not working at high-paying government jobs or corporate jobs. They are working at low-paying service sector jobs if they are working at all.

    From my friend Charles Hugh Smith:

    If The Pledge of Allegiance reflected reality, it should now read: I pledge allegiance to the profits of the Corporate States of America, and to the stock market for which it stands, one nation under the Federal Reserve, with taxation and serfdom for all.

    …and…

    Corporations and government, being quasi-military/top-down/dictatorial in organization, breed mini-dictatorships, fiefdoms and self-glorification as a result of their intrinsic nature. Stripped of public relations happy-talk, Corporate America has a fascist core. This is the ugly truth.

    http://www.oftwominds.com/blogmay11/alternatives-to-corporate5-11.html

    Welcome to America 2011. Conform or starve.

  • wolfy

    I hate Walmart-utterly depressing. Crappy products there-the worst watches i ever had.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    American Culture Homogenized? What Twilight Zone Episode are you in? We have a society where most young males walking around with thier pants hanging around their thighs. We have large parts of a dependency class that can’t string a sentence together. If anything culture has been corrupted by large corporations, and lefty do gooders. I see signs in Spanish press one for English, a society that has become increasingly Balkanized. I see a society where people wallow in there own ignorance and get angry when challenged. I see a society where people don’t care how their actions impact others. I see a place where frankly nobody gives a crap.
    If anything America was far more homogenized 40 to 50 years ago. Everybody had manners, some things you do today would get you ridden out of town on a rail in the 1950’s early 1960’s. People knew what was expected of them in public. Was it paradise no if you where Black in that time frame in many parts of America frankly life sucked. My mom and dad moved into an all white part of town around 1960. With in a week most of the houses on the block went up for sale except of a Japanese woman and a couple who where to old to move and where not happy to have a black couple and their baby on their block and where pretty vocal about it.
    There is this very disturbing trend to see the 1950’s and 1960 as some sort of social paradise. Were there good points sure for some people, but our troubles today will not be solved pining for the hula-hoop.

  • germanguy

    Nice article, Michael. You’re right.
    But you can add Europe and large parts of the rest of the world to this american dilemma.
    This whole globe is becoming a Walmart and sadly there is no way out at the moment.

  • Golden Child

    The McDonaldization of America is coming full circle. Radio One and Clear Channel play the same corporate-coached dumbed down Pop/Rap songs on every radio station from San Francisco to New York. One thing I noticed is that independent clothing companies, like most small businesses, have taken a huge hit in the economic downturn. The only clothing companies that are still able to make money are mass produced low-end retailers. like the mentioned Wal-Mart, and high end clothing retailers that cater to the rich/country club set that are profiting of America’s demise and those wanting to look rich (i.e. Ralph Lauren).

  • Grover Lembeck

    Right on! The best thing you’ve ever posted- for all the talk of diversity in this country, there’s precious little understanding of what the word means.
    Hint: Having tacos one night a week is not diversity.
    Support your local EVERYTHING!

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    Living in America is like eating dinner without any seasoning compared to some countries. This is not entirely bad but definitely boring.

    Pinning the same corporate label on all manufacturing, retailing, and service sector businesses may not be realistic.

    95 percent of retail businesses in the USA are franchise operations and many of these are owned by an individual rather than a corporation. Corporate sponsorship of franchise operations does promote conformity but also helps many individuals succeed and realize the American dream. Ma and Pa business are not being “crushed” by franchise operations but simply can not compete with economies of scale (corporate sponsorship of marketing and purchasing).

    Manufacturing corporations are a different issue. Upper executives of these corporations have acquired most of the stock shares and therefore control the board of directors and their own compensation. Capitalism is all about private ownership and the freedom to make and keep as much income as possible. In 2011, the best way to maximize income is to manufacture offshore. So America in 2011 is the best of capitalism.

    “In a true capitalist society this would not happen because individuals and small businesses would be able to compete fairly in the marketplace and would be thriving.”

    I am not sure what a “true capitalist society” is but this sounds more like socialism.

    More Americans would benefit from capitalism if corporations were employee owned and managed.

    • Guido

      I agree with you. The one thing all these people who complain about the prevalence of franchises and “big, evil corporations” miss is this is exactly what they want. Why is there a McDonalds on every block? Because people want to eat there!

      There’s no sin in a business being successful. While I wish this nation wasn’t so homogenized and bland, it’s what people want. People don’t like excitement and surprises; they want things to be normal and same everywhere they go. I had a German point out to me once how funny it is that Americans speak about freedom and independence, yet never want to go anywhere or do anything alone.

      For all the hate folks toss at Walmart, when they go someplace that doesn’t have one, they look down on it. The Army took me to small towns around the US where residents calculated time either pre or post-Walmart arrival. They threw huge parties when Walmart arrived in Fairbanks.

      I don’t like Walmart, myself, but mainly because they’ve driven the flight of jobs and capital overseas and they sell us utter trash in return, but you can’t blame them for being successful at selling people what they want.

      The funny part is, I think the folks who rail against this stuff are just being contrarian. Ever see that South Park episode about Walmart where the locals burned it, started shopping at an independent store, and then burned that one down when it got too successful? That seems like their mindset. I would be curious to know where these people do their shopping? They seem so zealous, I’m curious where the proper place to shop is?

  • Gary

    Crap jobs like Wal-mart and McDonald’s need to become unionized and then these scum bag companies will be FORCED to pay better wages. What are they going to do, move to China? Ha, this problem can be fixed-pass employee free choice act. What are they gonna do raise prices? no one will pay. The Walton’s will just have to be rich and not obscenely rich.

    To all you right wing-nuts just think of all the corporate welfare these crap jobs get-most of their employees are on food stamps and state health ins for the poor while the Walton’s are laughing all the way to the bank. Wake up and get a clue!

    TAX THE GREEDY TO HELP THE NEEDY! DO IT NOW! OBAMA WILL SOAK THE RICH IN 2012 YEAH!!!

  • William

    The federal government, owned and operated by large corporations and Israel, has far, far exceeded its Constitutional mandates in every facet of American lives. Americans allow this to happen because they are braindead and ignorant. Just look at the fools who supported the unnecessary war of choice based on LIES in Iraq……look at the idiots who believe the 911 Commission Report. Look at the morons who believe the recent “killing” of long dead Osama bin Laden. The TRUTH, as always, the first casualty.

  • Tarditi

    I refer to it as “Generica” – Generic America… strip malls with the same architecture, stores, places to eat, everything. There is no more “small town” America, nor is there any cultural distinction to the landscape.

    As for Wal-Mart, you may be interested in this documentary, if you haven’t already seen it:
    http://www.walmartmovie.com/

  • missy

    It’s not our “greedy corporate overloads” who are making us buy anything. They sell what Americans buy. If Americans wanted pink striped trash cans, trust me they would be made by the millions and delivered within the month.

    The REAL economic problem is that we have become super consumers and absolute non-producers at the the economic level. Result: mass produce made cheaply and foreignly (watch the animated film “Spirited Away” if you want to see a criticism of mass consumerism and its effects).

    The REAL social problem is that we have redefined leisure time from something that meant fun with the family (board games, weekend outings, card games, get-togethers)to going shopping and solo computer gaming. Children and the elderly are now considered burdens to personal happiness.

    Feel miserable? Look at the above. If you choose the above definitions to define your existence you WILL feel miserable. Reduce the expensive addiction to consumerism by shopping only second hand for one month (excepting food). This will gradually make you adverse to buying cheap new items and keep more in your pocketbook. Create three classic leisure nights per week for your family. In the future, your family will thank you for this. And so will you.

    • Guido

      Precisely! Americans WANT it this way. If they didn’t Walmart, BK, Mckie-D’s, et al wouldn’t have survived the first year.

      Americans WANT the dreary sameness of their favorite brands and stores on every corner. They don’t want the different or the unique. Look at how unimaginative our entertainment is. Look at how most Americans spend their free time. Ever see country fans line dance? Can you imagine a greater example of conformity? Or the dull synchronized dance squads on TV?

      At the same time, there are a ton of independent businesses and opportunities for those who are interested. I was at a farmer’s market today where I got to choose between independent bakeries, small-time salsa and chocolate makers, farmers, and produce re-sellers. They do a booming business-prices are at least double what you might pay at Walmart. But you know what? The only folks who can really afford those prices are folks with money. You pay for quality, after all.

  • Brady

    A sad truth. People just go through the motions day to day, complaining about Illegals taking jobs, bailouts, the stupid republicans, the ignorant democrats, the debt cieling. But the thing is, that’s it. The topic is brought up, people give their 2 cents, then carry on with their day. People have gotten so content with government “handling” everything that they will let them flush the American dream down the toilet right in front of us and we are to lazy to do anything about it. The news could come on tomorrow saying that we hit the debt ceiling, you know the REAL one, and we had to default on social security and the military. and I guarentee the majority would do their share of bitching, but then forget about it the minute their show is on. Good Luck not starving to death in a FEMA camp

  • http://wearamerican.blogspot.com/ Thomas Schiller

    Unfortunately people are still ignoring the problem!They keep buying all this “Made in Somewhere” stuff. Patriotism starts in the closet, not on the tongue!

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    Our system teaches students to be ‘employees’ and ‘slaves to debt’. You get into debt to go to college, buy a car, buy a house, etc…

    They are not taught how to be an entrepreneur and create small businesses, which power the economy and create jobs.

    So people must take it upon themselves to get financial education to escape the bondage of debt and create wealth.

    They must learn how to become an entrepreneur so that they can determine their income and worth in the marketplace.

    These things are more important than ever given the financial crisis that is ahead for America.

    Mike Dillard’s Elevation Group

  • http://freefood2gocoop.com Free Food 2Go

    “Today there are millions upon millions of young Americans that have no idea what “another culture” even looks like.”

    I think that this causes people to have a spirit of ungratefulness for all that they have in America. Despite our problems, we are truly blessed to live here in relative peace, with opportunity to express ourselves and create our own path.

    Much of the world fights for food and water everyday to preserve their lives. We take it for granted and waste a lot of food that others would be grateful to have.

    Free Food 2Go Co-Op

  • http://naturalhealthtools.com David

    So how do we break out of this cycle?

    We need to start supporting small businesses over large corporations.

    Buy American made products when possible, and products that are made in your home state are even better.

    Stop buying gas from country leaders that despise us like Venezuela’s Chavez who sells through Citgo, and BP – British Petroleum who hasn’t corrected the Gulf oil spill.

    Think about your purchases and the impact on America, not just yourself, and we can turn this economy around to empower Americans.

    Make it your goal to become ‘self-sufficient’ and not rely on the government to help you.

    Urban Survival Guide

  • http://endoftheamericandream JackieR

    I have baught a few items from wal-mart(made in china). Garbage is the only way I can describe.
    Am retired on fixed income and it is getting harder to budget. Will be canceling my cable soon, just so I can pay bills. I am even breaking down to shop for groceries at wal-mart because I can’t afford the king soopers prices anymore.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Great article! Very provocative.

  • Joe Johnson

    Why bother singling out Wal-Mart at this point. Even small niche retailers are selling Chines made crap. The problem is that the manufacturers have moved most of their facilities to the east, as was stated, to take advantage of slave labor. If nothing is made in the U.S. then there’s nothing to sell. In addition,corporate America has been so effective at destroying wages, with the help of Washington, Americans could not afford to buy American goods at an American pay scale. It is globalisation that has killed America and the American standard of living. It has been an ongoing process for decades and was accelerated with the free trade agreements that only benefited workers from foreign nations. American workers have been sold out by multinationals working with their Washington whores. This latest melt down is just the ineveitable conclusion to a process set in motion decades ago.

  • mondobeyondo

    If Sam Walton were still around, he would certainly not approve of what Wally World has become.

    In Wal-Mart’s early days, it was all about “Buy American”. Sam Walton was a big proponent of this, and insisted that most of his merchandise was American made.

    Then Sam died, the Walton family took over, and succumbed to profit and globalization, just like every other retailer has. I’m certain old Sam would never have imagined that his humble store in Arkansas would become China Mart.

    Walmart is to retail as McDonald’s is to fast food. At least McDonald’s claims their burgers are “100 percent American beef”. If they start promoting “75 percent Chinese beef”, I’ll never ever buy another Big Mac again. Not that I go to McDonald’s that often, mind you…

  • Mike Retih

    I agree with the loss of culture in the US. But I would content that Wal-marts, et al, are not a problem because of wiping out local competition or providing crappy jobs without benefits. Wal-marts and other corporations have protections and special rights afforded to them that other businesses do not, i.e, they have an advantage over others, granted by the government. It is not a free market.

  • Terry

    Gary–I am certain that you consistently pay an amount over and above your legal tax burden.

    The problem I have with “buy American” is that this slogan is a thinly veiled attempt to protect labor unions who don’t give a rat’s a** about anyone who is not a dues-paying member.

    Don’t worry. We will see cultural differences in the remnants of USA. The “gimme” crowd will be furious at what their country looks like.

    As Americans get poorer they will have less sympathy for people seeking handouts or “undocumented immigrants”

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    Things are worse than they appear. The American sheeple are in for a rude awakening. Most have no idea of the tsunami headed their way. Our 50 year high standard of living is coming to an abrupt end. I hope our parents & grandparents enjoyed the good times. I feel sorry for my kids.

    We help you find jobs in Asia – http://www.pathtoasia.com/ and in the USA – http://www.jobwaltz.com

  • Guido

    I don’t think we can fault America’s dreary sameness on business-they’re only providing Americans what they want. McDonalds isn’t on every block by accident or for your benefit-it’s there because we want it. We get what we want. Walmart has pioneered the art of giving us what we want. If you study them, they’re really amazing in what they do and how they do it. Did you know Walmart’s innovations set the standard for the entire retail industry in the US and the world? Just-in-time stocking was Walmart’s big idea and it put them on the map. RFID pallet tracking is another idea they came up with. Their ideas were so innovative, their competitors were forced to either copy them or fail.
    I don’t like Walmart, personally, but their business plan is worth looking at. I don’t like them because their products are uniformly cheap and unreliable and they insure US jobs and cash flow overseas to the PRC.

  • Guido

    I was at a blacksmith festival last weekend where I met an old timer who is setting up a new guild. He explained to me his theory about what’s going on in the US.

    He believes we’re freaking out over $4-$5 gas, but we’ll eventually see $10 and $20 gas. Once we get to those levels, he believes we can expect the economy to fail-how can you keep a nation built on cheap energy running when it is so prohibitively expensive? Commerce could grind to a halt.

    He explained to me that we will probably have to return to the way things were from 70-100 years or more back. Instead of traveling anywhere at anytime, like we’re used to, he believes we’ll be tied down to our local communities and most of our products will be produced on a more local basis. He believes blacksmiths and other artisans will become useful again as foreign trade becomes prohibitively expensive.

    He also offered to teach me the fine art of dumpster diving. He figures we’ll all be doing more of that in the years to come.

    I was a little surprised by his ideas. He’s apparently spent some time considering the future. I can’t say he’s wrong, though. I think of Soylent Green’s world of grinding poverty and overcrowding just an electric fence away from a world of hi-tech leisure.

    Take a look at the conditions now and how people have already started to curtail their usual spending. Some day soon, you might decide you can’t afford to go to Florida for vacation. You stop making random trips out to get a 6 pack or some shower curtain rings or just to take a drive. Eventually, you ride the bus everywhere. Perhaps you go to the library to check your email. It would be a shame to go from going no more than 20 miles from home to global travel and back to no more than 20 miles from home again.

    I know a lot of people would like to see us live a more local, simpler style of life. But it makes me angry to have this forced on us as options narrow.

  • Bruce

    I wonder if the all the union supporters are going to sign the right the work petition? How about you Gary you going to act like a man and stand on your own without big brother union? How about the rest of you Union supporters? Cause the day of the union is over now the entitled ones that don’t get it can whine all they want about taxing the rich. The solution is to get the Government off people back to get rid of the Useless Eco Nazi closing down jobs here in America and get an honest money system. That is how we save this country. Until people understand what weath is and how to create jobs nothing will ever change. The Demo idiot party and Repul idiot party are both on the same team and guess what it not our team we the people. So stop all the not helping American people with tax the rich and get on the right team stop complaining and start fighting for our right to work our right to honest money our right to work OUR land and bring in oil and logs and mining and farming and ranching. Until people grow up and start supporting working Americans we have lost and in the end it will be our own fault cause we play the game according to the corrupt puppet master rules.

  • Colin

    George Carlin – “…When we came to this country and settled it, well stole it form the Indians, it was pristine. a real paradise, an Eden. we turned it into a giant shopping mall. That’s basically it. buy this, buy that, i want this i need that, the only American value left, buying things.”

    I often ask myself, what is the impact on our economy from this corporate conformity? Yes, there are franchises. However, these franchises hiring practices are governed by the needs of the corporation. If the corporation isn’t hiring, then the franchises aren’t hiring. We recently witnessed the corporation McDonald’s hiring of 62,000 workers who were then sent to work in the franchised-owned outlets. I don’t feel this conformity is working for the American people nor for our nation. Yes, we have many outlets; however, we have one corporation behind these outlets.

  • Virginia

    On a brighter note, some jobs are coming back to the US like the car industry. As China raises its standard of living, wages will rise and US corporations will not have the tax advantages and come back to the US worker once again. These will not be the creamy union jobs of yesteryear but they will be on our shores with good pay. This, of course, will not happen overnight but it will be a trend that is happening now and will continue into the future.

  • Momma G

    How are we supposed to support local businesses when they are continually raising prices? I normally make donuts at home but every so often I will go to the local shop because they make the best blueberry cake and Boston creme donuts ever. They have raised their prices yet again. I doubt if I will allow myself to frequent their business again. I will teach myself to learn how to make a Boston creme. I also have frequented another store here in my town. They have bacon at a full $2 more than Wal-Mart. Cheese is .12 more per ounce at this store as well. I have looked at shopping more often at local shops but all of them charge more which will mean I am spending at least a couple hundred more each month on food. I don’t know how to break it down; support local businesses or expect my family to eat less so I can pay more to the local stores. It is not as easy as people like to make to sound.

  • http://stopneocons.bravejournal.com Winston Smith

    Note-ther has never been a “true capitalist” society nor system. You are playing in the enemies field still with that.
    Look up books by John Medialle and/or Joseph Pearce and buy them.
    Then you will get a different picture.

    read Rerum Novarum and Quad-Annon by Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI respectively. Capitalism and corporatism are ONE AND THE SAME! Capitalism depends on corporate wage slaves and the making of money by money, not by products,etc.

  • Covington

    They want us to be completely dependent on them so that we will be snared in the trap of “consumerism” forever.

    Sounds great but actually its about the New World Order agenda that is driving these folks. The little guy on the street becomes a slave to the elite. The system by its very nature brings the man on the street to his knees so that way he accepts the New World Order agenda.

    And remember that this didn’t come about by accident. This has been planned this way for a long time. Just read what Lord Rothchild had to say about controling money. Read history. History repeats itself over and over.

  • CatNap

    Just want to give a “heads up” to everyone that Alex Jones’ site, Infowars.com has put this article up.

    ***

    @mondobeyondo….

    I do remember Montgomery Ward. And Gemco. And TG&Y. And….

  • Concerned Reader

    Hey Michael, why have you not been posting new srticles as regularly on this site?

  • http://www.internetentrepreneurconnection.com Hector Avellaneda

    I love reading this blog because I truly think that is is all abut waking people up to the realities of where out nation is headed and I am really hoping that people are reading this!

    I few points however.

    Note that Walmart was not always a big corporation. Wal-Mart was founded by Sam Walton, as you may already know, and was a small mom and pop shop business. However, the difference was that Sam Walton had a vision much larger than any other small business around. He vision was to bring low prices to everyone, everywhere and I think he accomplished that. Now, I will agree and say that the Wal-MArt of back then is not the Wal-Mart of today. My point is that the best businesses develop systems that serve a mass number of people. That’s what being in free enterprise is all about.

    Wal-Mart developed a great system and people responded to it in kind!

    Look at Mc’Donalds, as you mentioned as well. They started as a small burger joint by and developed a system that was so efficient and effective, that today Teenagers run it an as you know McDonald’s is a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

    Yes agree with you that most people have debt but the large majority of the reason is because people in our country have no financial intelligence. Look at government for crying out loud. Their fiscal policies have put our country into a debt situation that is virtually not payable.

    There is a lot of things wrong with our country and I whole heartedly believe that if the founders were to come back and see where we have taken it, they would be petrified, but the common thread here are THE PEOPLE!

    It all has to start with the PEOPLE for things to change and unfortunately people today are very complacent.

  • Gods Creation

    People are scared to leave the corporations and strike out on their own. I did it and have never looked back. I try to help others but there are few takers.

    As long as the people depend on the corporations to survive, they will rule and not by law but by policy.

    Say goodbye to the corporate world. Learn to make money on the internet. It is far easier than being on a clock. It only takes average intelligence, but above average persistence. Even the best fail a lot, but the successes can pay off big.

  • non

    if we start touching base we can form circles, stay in touch, and prepare ourselves for mobilization for when TSHTF. iam a USMC/0311 vet w/combat time and know a handful of other vets in vegass that are awake and po’d.
    NOT saying contact me ONLY if you’re a vet anyone in the area is good- just giving some background for me.
    even if TS never HTF its still good to know like minded awake people.
    btw – yes i realize my email is ‘anonymous’ im kind of a smart a$$.;p

    • Guido

      Take a look at oathkeepers. They have an ominous new program, Operation Sleeping Giant. I read their writeup on the program and it really gave me pause to consider what strange times we live in.

  • Afi K. James

    This Article speaks much of the truth here.

  • Afi K. James

    Gary
    May 20th, 2011 at 3:33 am · Reply
    Crap jobs like Wal-mart and McDonald’s need to become unionized and then these scum bag companies will be FORCED to pay better wages. What are they going to do, move to China? Ha, this problem can be fixed-pass employee free choice act. What are they gonna do raise prices? no one will pay. The Walton’s will just have to be rich and not obscenely rich.

    To all you right wing-nuts just think of all the corporate welfare these crap jobs get-most of their employees are on food stamps and state health ins for the poor while the Walton’s are laughing all the way to the bank. Wake up and get a clue!

    TAX THE GREEDY TO HELP THE NEEDY! DO IT NOW! OBAMA WILL SOAK THE RICH IN 2012 YEAH!!!

    NOBAMA IS A PIECE OF FILTH TOO, VOTE RON PAUL 2012!

  • http://www.panama-offshore-services.com/ Panama foundation

    Might it be time for policymakers to consider the potential stimulus payoffs from nurturing micro-equity investments?.One reason for growing public interest in local investment is the spread of buy local campaigns a movement that is more than just local hucksterism. Consider the title of an article in a recent issue of Time Buying Local How It Boosts the Economy. Cutting-edge economic developers except at the national level increasingly recognize is the importance of strengthening locally owned small businesses..Growing evidence suggests that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times more economic benefit measured in income wealth jobs and tax revenue than a dollar spent at a globally owned business. That is because locally owned businesses spend much more of their money locally and thereby pump up the so-called economic multiplier.

  • Chris

    This is a great article! It does leave out franchising, but keep in mind you need like 500K to open one up. I agree that people don’t think about running their own business, this is not something that even enters peoples minds. In Italy for example, there are so many small family run businesses it is really different from the USA. Of course the larger grocery/retail stores are opening and it will become more like America pretty soon.

  • Chris

    well, the people who shop at walmart aren’t ordinary, check this out for a laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1rTSazpCJs