So I Guess I’m Back….
I had planned on not writing anything else on economics, but MarxistMax’s terrible arguments against supermarkets has been nagging me for quite a while yet. MarxistMax starts right off of the bat with an explicit moral condemnation of supermarkets.
Quote from MarxistMax: “It was 1964 when the first supermarket opened its doors in Britain. It signaled the end of the independent grocers, and the beginning of a five decades long parade of glutton and consumerism. Involving an erosion of social fabric and community values, a destruction of local centers of commerce and a concentration of wealth in the hands of a select few.”
What social fabric or community values could possibly be eroded by having cheap food readily available? Not only does he not define anywhere what he means by social fabric or community values, terms which in this context are so vague that they can literally be interpreted to mean anything, but he doesn’t even elaborate as to how large quantities of cheap food erode these social fabrics or community values away.
This attack on consumerism goes back to his idea that competition is bad; that it is inherently wasteful, that it gives rise to dog-eat-dog, that it encourages people to not care about social values (vague as hell), etc., etc.. It is from this that he draws his moral condemnation of consumerism, and it is because of this condemnation that he fails to understand the situation at hand. This is further re-enforced by a statement he makes later in the blog.
Quote from MarxistMax: “Spreading wealth more equally gives people power over their buying choices, and generally makes the economy much more democratic.”
Just some technical details here; first of all, it is impossible to have more or less power over a given buying choice. To have more power over a buying choice would be to create theft, and to have less power over a buying choice is to eliminate it as a buying choice. But again, no new information about these supposed community values or social fabrics.
Actually, if anything, an abundant supply of cheap food strengthens community/social values. The reason is obvious; since people on the whole are having to spend less on food, they have more money in their pockets to pursue their cultural interests, i.e., music, art, literature, etc., etc..
MarxistMax’s arguments are, objectively, from every conceivable viewpoint, terrible.
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