How Wal-Mart Fights Unions by Nelson Lichtenstein

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Thriving on this free spirit, Americans desire to reach out and touch the world—and change it. The American communications system has altered the way people connect with each other. Many of the world’s greatest inven- 24 The Yin and Yang of American Culture tions are credited to Americans, from the telephone to the computer. Anesthesia, the miracle of painless surgery, is among the greatest gifts that American medicine has given to humanity. The invention of the safety device on passenger elevators by Elisha Otis in 1852 led to the construction of skyscrapers and encouraged metropolitan growth around the world.

It knows that the other subsidiaries must use its products, regardless of external factors. This kind of protectionism doesn’t help either customers or companies. It only encourages mediocrity. Competition has brought the best prices and the best customer service to American consumers. In fact, Wal-Mart’s arrival in Europe has shaken up European retailers with its stiff competition and lower prices. Regarding customer service, one German worker said that American companies work extremely hard to please the toughest customers in the world.

Most respondents answered yes, and others responded that America will remain strong, even if not a leader. S. ranked as a leader in the last century, 60 percent of the respondents answered movies, music, television, and pop culture; 55 percent, military; 46 percent, technology; 44 percent, world economy; and 44 percent, creativity and innovation (respondents were allowed to pick more than one). S. power status, 74 percent ranked moral decline highest. Indeed, Americans can boast of great accomplishments: technology (including biotechnology and the Internet), the military, higher education, highways, hospitals, and so on.

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