Thursday, September 14, 2006

Don't Help Poor Shoppers Save Money

George Will points out that the quixotic opposition to Walmart on the American left places liberals in opposition to much of their supposed constituency -- the median Walmart shopper has a household income under $40,000/year, and these customers shop there because of aggregate savings that far exceed government payouts for food stamps and the earned income credit. The anti-Walmart crowd also reveals some other unflattering realities about itself:

Liberals think their campaign against Wal-Mart is a way of introducing the subject of class into America's political argument, and they are more correct than they understand. Their campaign is liberalism as condescension. It is a philosophic repugnance toward markets, because consumer sovereignty results in the masses making messes. Liberals, aghast, see the choices Americans make with their dollars and their ballots and announce -- yes, announce -- that Americans are sorely in need of more supervision by . . . liberals.


Anonymous joe public said...

Thanks for pointing this out. It's worthy of a response (not necessarily one in rebuttal, but a response nonetheless). I'll get to work on one.

7:37 AM  

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