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#NOSTARBUCKS

Vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again.

Vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again. Instead, search out the most interesting indie coffee shop around where you live and work … get to know the people who own and run the place and get your friends and co-workers to join you there. Individually this may feel like a drop in the bucket, but if all of us do it collectively, then we can begin to shift power from megacorporations to our friends and neighbors.

Tweet #NOSTARBUCKS, Facebook it, email it, whisper it to a friend or shout it from the rooftops. Spread the word and let’s start brewing the mood for a worldwide revolution.

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You don't have the whole picture here. If you study economics you learn that a large company is able to achieve what is known as an economy of scale. This means that a mega-corporation can keep its operating costs much lower than smaller competitors. That is why Walmart has taken over, no one else is large enough to compete with their prices... Thus, in a true free market many industries would become completely monopolized. Once one company has the resources to drive all competitors out of business it could play suppliers against each other while still charging much higher prices to its customers.
That's why attempting to create a market without anti-trust/collusion/monopoly laws will eventually ruin competition. Even assuming that capitalism is not inherently flawed (which I don't),if you like competition, you don't really want an unrestricted world market.

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You don't have the whole picture here. If you study economics you learn that a large company is able to achieve what is known as an economy of scale. This means that a mega-corporation can keep its operating costs much lower than smaller competitors. That is why Walmart has taken over, no one else is large enough to compete with their prices... Thus, in a true free market many industries would become completely monopolized. Once one company has the resources to drive all competitors out of business it could play suppliers against each other while still charging much higher prices to its customers.
That's why attempting to create a market without anti-trust/collusion/monopoly laws will eventually ruin competition. Even assuming that capitalism is not inherently flawed (which I don't),if you like competition, you don't really want an unrestricted world market.

Anony +1

If no one can match their prices, then what the heck is the problem? Low prices means more bang for everyone elses buck. Thats why more peopel shop there. And its not so cut and dry. Walmart has not taken over in the sense of "one megacorp". Every town/city i have ever been to has had several big box retailers. Just like it has smaller stores, restaurants and stores of all varieties. Big companies come and go.

You place restrictions on competition, you get politics involved. You get poltical favors for one company over another. You get tax codes that favour big business over small business. You get city councils voting down new stores because their financial contributors don't want more competition. It's simply not just.

And lets not forget, its a big world out there. Many companies already have a large base somewhere, and can easily move in on other territory. Its not like ever business now competing with wal-mart must start from scratch right beside it.

Anony +1

If no one can match their prices, then what the heck is the problem? Low prices means more bang for everyone elses buck. Thats why more peopel shop there. And its not so cut and dry. Walmart has not taken over in the sense of "one megacorp". Every town/city i have ever been to has had several big box retailers. Just like it has smaller stores, restaurants and stores of all varieties. Big companies come and go.

You place restrictions on competition, you get politics involved. You get poltical favors for one company over another. You get tax codes that favour big business over small business. You get city councils voting down new stores because their financial contributors don't want more competition. It's simply not just.

And lets not forget, its a big world out there. Many companies already have a large base somewhere, and can easily move in on other territory. Its not like ever business now competing with wal-mart must start from scratch right beside it.

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I have to ask: Do you work for Walmart?

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I have to ask: Do you work for Walmart?

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You like to make a lot of assertions... but you never really make logical connections or at the very least support your assertions.

Not drinking starbucks does not equal revolutionary, progressive, or original.
You can sit on your petastool and think that you're better than Starbuck's customers, but that is just not the case.

you have to evolve past that, because the state is always evolving... and i don't think this giant machine is going to collapse because you refuse to drink starbucks. lol

Anonymous

You like to make a lot of assertions... but you never really make logical connections or at the very least support your assertions.

Not drinking starbucks does not equal revolutionary, progressive, or original.
You can sit on your petastool and think that you're better than Starbuck's customers, but that is just not the case.

you have to evolve past that, because the state is always evolving... and i don't think this giant machine is going to collapse because you refuse to drink starbucks. lol

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