No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart: The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice

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Between the Lines, 2006 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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We live in a culture of choice. But, in an age of corporate dominance, our freedom to choose has taken on new meaning. Upset with your local big box store? Object to unfair hiring practices at your neighbourhood fast food restaurant? Want to protest the opening of that new multinational coffeeshop? Vote with your feet!
What if it's not that simple?
In No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart, Tom Slee unpacks the implications of our fervent belief in the power of choice. Pointing out that individual choice has become the lynchpin of a neoconservative corporate ideology he calls MarketThink, he urges us to re-examine our assumptions . Slee makes use of game theory to argue that individual choice is not inherently bad. Nor is it the societal fix-all that our corporations and governments claim it is. A spirited treatise, this book will make you think about choice in a whole new way.

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Contents

Good Choices and Bad Outcomes
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The possible outcomes of Jack and Jills divorce
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The prisoners dilemma
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Copyright

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Tom Slee is a writer, researcher, activist, and software professional. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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