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How to Buy Happiness at Walmart on Black Friday



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The fact that you use the phrase "killing jobs"

...tells me your objection is to free trade, yes? Sorry to assume, but that phrase along with "sending/shipping jobs overseas" raises big protectionist red flags in my mind. If it's not free trade to which you object, what is it exactly?

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Uninformed consumers...

...voting with their dollars to drive this economy further into the ground. It's no different than uninformed voters voting for tyranny and the police state then complaining about it later.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

Walmart provides things

Walmart provides things people want. What consumers do is vote with their dollars. This is capitalism. They are at least two sides to a transaction.

You Put It Mildly

I know a great deal more that could be said. But like I said in the other post, I don't have the time or energy, (and I mean energy) to explain it here. It is far deeper than that.

skippy

I'm spooked.

After reading some of the comments bashing Adam and this piece, I'm legitimately spooked by the views of some the people in our movement...

Drawing attention to mindless consumerism in no way makes Adam "anti-capitalist." On the contrary, it is exactly what needs to be done. You cannot have capitalism without savings. Without savings, there can be no investment. Without investment, you cannot start and grow new business ventures. And without new business ventures, you have no new jobs created, to repeat the wealth-creation cycle.

Consumption using borrowed funds (credit) only makes things worse. It's the very thing our government is doing, and it's bringing us all down in the process. I can save and invest in my own life, to a point... until the burden from taxation to pay for this kind of largess envelops all of my surplus funds for savings and investment.

Adam does a great job getting people to just stop and think about why they feel compelled to spend the rent money on random *stuff* in this clip.

So to those of you out there who think that being anti-consumerism is somehow being anti-capitalistic... you need to reassess your understanding of economics, please. Otherwise, go join the "Daily Paul...Krugman" and spread your misinformation to those dumb enough to believe you.

And one more thing... if you're going to decry something Kokesh, or anyone else is doing, please address specific FACTS. These ad hominem attacks are pointless and all the more disturbing, given the fact that this is what the Establishment has been doing to "that crazy Ron Paul" for all these many years now.

It's not anti-capitalist to not like corporate favoritism

NAFTA didn't work. It created a situation where Mexico gets to have people work for hardly anything--lots of manufacturing went to Mexico because of NAFTA. This kind of governmental favoritism along with what they do with Walmart is the very opposite of Free Markets---it's government intervention and favoritism.

The fact that a company thrives because of the awful policies of our government should alarm everyone here. It's not "anti-capitalist" to somehow suggest that monopolies only exist when government gets involved and allows for it. And when governments allow for monopolies to exist and allows those companies to reap the financial benefits of unfair trade advantages with 3rd world countries, we have a serious problem.

Fixing the policies at government that everyone on the DP is obviously for, will inevitably lead to Walmart's drastic change in prices, and would allow for it to compete with everyone else without favoritism being present.

Walmart exploits existing

Walmart exploits existing markets with incredible efficiency of scale. They are among the best of the best in the world at managing their business. If they failed to fully utilize to the best of their organization's abilities these efficiencies, they would be violating their mission to maximize profits.

The biggest, loudest critics of business I've found to be the least informed and least experienced in business.

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"Fixing the policies at government"

You mean, ending the Federal Reserve and actually practising a free market, WITHOUT Government intervention.

It is the centralised control over the economic system, that is the problem. Control from within government, and without.

The biggest issue is Ending the Fed!

Get your bots ready

for cyber monday and Amazon even has better deals now than they offer on cyber monday on many things like ultrabooks and labtops. I already got 40 percent off one for myself. Clothing after black friday on top brands i got like 50- 75 percent off.

the best deals are often not on any of those 2 days.

The Kid With Green Hair

is the epitome of the youth now. It scares me how much kids are attached to phones and detached from the physical world. I know WE are using computers and the same could be said for us but I for one only spend SOME time online and don't LIVE for it like most kids seem to do with their phones. I have actually seen kids sit in the same room texting each other rather than actually TALK to each other. SCARY!

skippy

Loved the Green Hair

I agree, that is scary. But, I'll wager that before the interview was over, she knew who Adam was, and had tweeted a few friends about the "crazy guy in wal mart parking lot", and they knew who he was also. Lets face it, a link is conversationally hard to convey. ;)

Just open the box and see

Voters?

One thing I would really love to see is for Adam to ask each person whether they voted in the recent election. They don't have to say for whom, just that they voted. I'd like to see how informed the people are who turn out at the polls vs. average American consumers who are aloof from the electoral process.

Don't shop there then.

If you don't like Walmart, don't shop there. You people sound like progressives.

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"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Cultural Marxism is on the march

Materialism and symbolism over substance.

The pain must be strong out there :(

Kinda of reminds of sex and drug addicts.

The spirit is broken, the people will not readily improve imo. Time to get out of the Dodge ie. cities

btw, a bunch of people wearing football equipment should band together next year and show up at the stores next black friday; I think they would have more success lol

donvino

I'll not watch this Kokesh

I'll not watch this Kokesh video, since he tends to display more and more anti-capitalistic tendencies with his anarchistic worldview. I'm curious how he thinks a completely anarchistic 'society' would actually function. Anarchies are not self-sustaining because those with the biggest guns always end up taking over.

"because those with the

"because those with the biggest guns always end up taking over"

So what are we living in now? You better dust off that dictionary and make google your friend before you go off on a scary sounding word like anarchy. I'll take anarchy over communism any day!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Neither anarchy, nor

Neither anarchy, nor communism work in practice because they fly in the face of human behavior.

Many people tend to prefer dictatorships... but only when they are in charge!

Anarchy is not a

Anarchy is not a dictatorship, it simply means no rulers. In other words, more freedom!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

It's a beautiful idea, but I

It's a beautiful idea, but I must repeat myself, it's not how human beings are hardwired. People prefer "order" over disorder, safety over uncertainty and representative government or "benign dictatorships" instead of direct democracy (except when it comes to mindless things, such as American Idol).

(Note: I'm not advocating direct democracy)

Yes, you keep repeating

Yes, you keep repeating yourself wrongly. How is not having a bully of a ruler disorder? How is having a master called government safer? Have you seen how it's working out lately? Also, I AM hardwired for freedom, not rules created by psychopath's

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

You are arguing philosophical points.

I'm talking about reality.

If people really wanted "self-rule", they would've had it thousands of years ago. All of these systems, governments, societies, etc. are survival mechanisms that have outlived their usefulness in the current age, but they remain because people fear and loathe change.

You are talking about your

You are talking about your reality. There are many millions who already practice self-rule

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

I beg to differ. Where are

I beg to differ. Where are these millions of people? If you live in America today, your self-rule begins and ends in your own house—and sometimes not even there.

It's called anarcho-capitalism

How is anarcho-capitalism anti-capitalistic? If you are really curious about how such a society would actually function, perhaps you should do some reading.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

I'm in favor of

I'm in favor of anarcho-capitalism. I'm not in favor of Kokesh's anti-property screeds he typically spews.

keep an open mind.

kokesh is an anarcho-capitalist.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-capitalism

ron pauls comments about the ludwig von mises institute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5d4Chc_KeY

ludwig von mises institute:
mises.org

http://murrayrothbard.com/

I'm no fan of his either. I

I'm no fan of his either. I did10 years in the Marine corps and can tell you is a liar about much I his military stories.

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"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

wow

That is a big claim! Anyone can come here and say they were in the military and call someone a liar. Heck, I could tell you I am a british secret agent and James Bond is for real, doesn't make it true. If you are going to make claims, you better have some evidence to back it up. It's one thing to not like or not agree with Adam Kokesh, it's another to call him a liar.

Examples of "lies?"

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Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Discouraging at best.

That is embarrassing. I forget how very clueless so many are.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin