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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:00 AM
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The Hazards in Our Fairytale Marketplace
from Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality:

The Hazards in Our Fairytale Marketplace
April 25, 2011

A consumer alert for soccer moms and doting granddads: Outrageous compensation rewards give corporate executives an incentive to behave outrageously against you! The story behind the sad demise of a beloved camera.

By Sam Pizzigati

Weve come to expect, here early in the 21st century, that business will abuse workers, at every opportunity.

Weve watched corporate leaders downsize and outsource, slash benefits, raid pension funds, and routinely replace full-timers with temps. Such moves have become standard corporate operating procedure.

But we dont expect corporations to show consumers the same contempt, at least not openly. Corporate execs, behind the curtains, may overcharge and bait and switch. In public, these same execs pay homage to consumer sovereignty.

We consumers have internalized this hypocrisy. We really believe we matter. We assume that corporations will bend over backwards to discover and deliver the products and services that great numbers of us want. ..............(more)

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