Saturday, November 29, 2008

HOMO HOMINI LUPUS : WAL MART STAMPEDE AND DEATH BRINGS TO MIND HOBBESIAN LEVIATHAN NIGHTMARE

A New York Walmart employee was trampled to death as crowds stampeded into a Long Island WalMart store for Black Friday sales yesterday. I am reminded of the Hobbesian Leviathan in reverse: in this case, Leviathan was the cause, not the cure, and homo homini lupus has never seemed so true. I myself was nearly tramped to death at the close of a Change rally for Senator Joe Biden in PA: I wound up having to hold the door for ages while throngs of people poured out after Biden had delivered his speech. One false move, and it would have been the end of me. Kierkegaard spoke of himself as the individual at the mercy of the crowd: "trampled to death by geese", is how he put it.

And this warning headline should be heeded, and is a sign of the times and the change which is inevitable, and upon us: "Union Would Have Prevented Wal Mart Death". For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee, WalMart.

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