Magazine article In These Times

The Walmartization of the People's Republic

Magazine article In These Times

The Walmartization of the People's Republic

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China and Wal-Mart are a match made in heaven ... or hell? Walmart in China (Cornell), edited by Anita Chan, explores how these global behemoths are dragging us down In their race to the bottom. Consider the following excerpt from Walmart supervisor Li Shan's diary.

July 22, 2005: Friday

Capitalist exploitation has truly reached a new low. On the surface of things, they solemnly declare they don't permit overtime and cite numerous examples of people getting fired for violating this policy. But this rule has a huge, glaring loophole. ... what if you really have a ton of work and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it? There are two ways of dealing with it. First, you can just not finish it. Leave on time and do it the next day. But Walmart has this "Sundown Rule," which means you have to finish everything before going home . …

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