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May 12, 2005

Wal-Mart: Victim of Fascist Oppression?

Flagstaff, Arizona has a ballot initiative to restrict the entry of "big box" retailers into the city, with provisions that especially target Wal-Mart's ability to sell groceries in its supercenters.

However you feel about Wal-Mart, most people might think this is a basic issue of land use choices, some thinking them foolish, other vitally necessary, but only corporate propagandists like Wal-Mart would compare it to a Nazi book burning:

The newspaper ads contend that Proposition 100's restrictions on big-box retailers are an infringement of constitutional freedoms. The message has been conveyed through a blurred photo of a Nazi book-burning taken from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum archives and a close-up of a person's mouth covered with tape.
This is more than an abusive media attack ad; it's part and parcel of the rightwing corporate attempt to rollback constitutional law to the early 20th century when basic labor protections were struck down as unconstitutional by the courts.

So what were the corporate "constitutional rights" protected back then? How about child labor (to match image for image):

When corporations talk about "constitutional rights", remember that property rights to slavery and child labor are their precedents.

Posted by Nathan at May 12, 2005 08:09 PM