What Do We Want? EVERYTHING! When Do We Want It? FASTER!
Today’s corporate malfeasance update comes from two good friends.
1) Matthew Simmons forwarded me this link to an article on The Slog about the ongoing protests at the faux-local Starbucks in Seattle. Good job guys!
2) Stephen Elliott sent me a link to this piece about The Rumpus’s Continuing War on Amazon.com . The latest issue (not to suggest the other issues went anywhere) is Amazon’s staunch opposition to states’ attempts to collect sales tax from it. Now, I admit, my first reaction was “why would the Rumpus be supporting the option that will result in me having to spend more money to buy books?” But the case they sketch–it’s a brief article, so please read it–makes the prescient point that by allowing Amazon to not charge sales tax, they’re given a substantial competitive advantage over locally-owned, bricks and mortar bookstores. I’m not telling you whether to join the Amazon boycott or not, but I think this article is worth considering, and the links in it are all worth clicking. And of course, when the really-existing bookstore in your neighborhood can’t produce Gershom Scholem’s 1000 page biography of Sabbatai Sevi that you stupidly got yourself a hard-on for, (and the only one at Powell’s seems to cost fifty bucks) there’s always Abebooks.