They destroy community character; they create urban sprawl; and they leave behind ugly, unused hulks as business strategies shift. But the central fight with Wal-Mart is over its economic effects on workers and communities.
Kucinich's outspoken leadership on Iraq, labor, health care, globalization and other issues has the potential to mobilize a movement to give him a very strong standing in next January's party caucus meetings.
There are many lessons to be learned from the collapse of the bubble economy and the scandals of corporate financial skullduggery, but the White House hasn't learned any of them. Here are 10 for starters.
During his first months in the White House, George W. Bush has already tilted politics against worker safety and for tax giveaways to the rich, but on one front -- trade and global economic agreements -- there has been remarkable continuity from the Clinton era.
Since the sweatshop issue hit national consciousness in 1995, says one activist, "We have had more brilliant success than anyone could have dreamed." While organized labor and human rights groups contributed much to that success, many other fronts also contributed: shareholder battles, legislative debates, international regulations, lawsuits and purchasing guidelines. David Moberg argues that technical solutions are less important than building a comprehensive movement that can grow and sustain itself for the long haul.