“Let Them Eat Whole Foods”

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  1. Starjet

    Starjet Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    "Let Them Eat Whole Foods": The Appalling Elitism of Dollar Store Bans

    https://fee.org/articles/let-them-eat-whole-foods-the-appalling-elitism-of-dollar-store-bans/

    And the article begins:
    “Should city governments dictate where you can shop for food? If your neighbors see a need for a store, and happily patronize it, should outsiders shut down that option?

    These are the battle lines of the emerging movement against dollar stores. Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mesquite, Texas, Dekalb County, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, and other municipalities nationwide are trying to limit the number of dollar stores that can serve their population.

    The people who actually shop at dollar stores love them. The most frequent customers are seniors on fixed incomes, cash-strapped students, and busy parents. If you don’t have a car or access to public transit, there’s probably one within five miles of your house. If you drive, there’s a dollar store on your way to just about anywhere.”

    Read the article. It’s brilliant.

    My thoughts:

    What moral principle gives the government the right to chose for you where you shop?

    None. And what moral principle defends your right to build, sell, buy, and shop wherever you choose? The principle of Individual Rights.

    Have those that support this elitist nonsense no moral conscience at all? Why, yes, they do. It’s called altruism.


    Bring it on, you anti-capitalist dogs.
     
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  2. Moonglow

    Moonglow Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I will admit to going to Dollar General since they opened long ago, plus they are five miles away and Wal Mart is twenty so it's Dollar General, plus their coupons make my purchases a lot cheaper than the cost at Walmart..
    As far as restricting by the cities I bet it is being done by those lobbying the got. hired by local merchants or big retailers.
     
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    LafayetteBis Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    INTELLIGENT DEMOCRACY

    Outside your home, there is no such thing as "Individual Rights" unless you want to live on a island.

    We live as citizens of a nation, a state and then a city. They are all democratic entities and it is the common vote that determines who is elected to represent "the people". Meaning what?

    Meaning this: What is best for the most people must do as best for all. Individualism has its regency inside the home, not outside where we (as individuals) must coexist with others.

    Inside our homes we can be as independent-natured as we like. Not outside, however.

    And thus, what matters most, is the kind of people whom we vote to represent "us". Or, as I am fond of saying, we-the-sheeple. Who, it seems, have been very, very easily manipulated by our present system of democracy.

    Whereby:
    *A state can be gerrymandered in order to achieve voting plurality for a single party, or,
    *Where enough money on nonsensical TV-commercials can "sell candidates" who sweet talk their way into winning an election. Or,
    *Where a Civics Course is either not taught adequately or even not at all* - and our youth haven't the faintest idea of how public governance works. And therefore fail to vote - because they've got "better things to do". A passing grade on Civics should be a requirement for any post-secondary school degree.

    *From here: The State of Civics Education
     
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