Whenever I walk into Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, it’s nearly deserted—even in the height of Christmas shopping season. I hear the big box stores are more crowded. But traditional “brick and mortar” outlets must surely be doomed.
In their place arises Amazon, with labor practices that are apparently and unrelentingly even more abusive than Wal-Mart’s. I don’t know what to do. I shop at Amazon as well, even being well aware of their abuses. Increasingly I feel I have no choice. It’s become too hard to find stuff at local retailers and their prices are often high.
Natalie Kitroeff, “Amazon drivers say they are pushed to the limit as holiday deliveries reach a frenzy,” Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-drivers-20161218-story.html
We can ask why, if conditions are so awful at Amazon, anyone would work there. Here’s part of the answer.
Andrew Tangel and Patrick McGroarty, “U.S. Factories Are Working Again; Factory Workers, Not So Much,” Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-factories-are-working-again-factory-workers-not-so-much-1482080400
Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz, “Education Dept. Denies Student-Aid Funds to For-Profit Law School,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 19, 2016, http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/education-dept-denies-student-aid-funds-to-for-profit-law-school/116201
Hopefully, it is now over.
Kyle Cheney, “Electoral College sees record-breaking defections,” Politico, December 19, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/electoral-college-electors-232836
Olivia Nuzzi, “Donald Trump Electoral College Win Crushes the Last #NeverTrump Dream,” Daily Beast, December 19, 2016, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/19/donald-trump-electoral-college-win-crushes-the-last-nevertrump-dream.html
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