Stacy Mitchell

Is Your Stuff Falling Apart? Thank Walmart

This article is part of a series on Walmart's greenwashing at Grist.org.

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How Tax Avoidance Is a Big Reason For Amazon's Success

A new study finds Amazon’s sales drop in states where it is required to collect sales taxes, revealing what Jeff Bezos has undoubtedly known for years: the company’s success, its track record of shuttering local businesses, is as much a product of government favoritism as it is of its own ingenuity.

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Goldman Sachs Tries to Look Small Business-Friendly - But It's All Image

For years Goldman Sachs gave only a tiny fraction of its profits, less than 1 percent, to charity.  Then the depression hit and the huge bank was in the public’s crosshairs for its role in that collapse and the billions it continued to give out in bonuses.

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Is Your Stuff Falling Apart? Thank Wal-Mart

This article is part of a series on Walmart's greenwashing at  Grist.org.

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Are We on the Brink of a New Deal for Local Economies?

Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root.

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Why Congress Wants You to Shun Your Local Bookstore and Shop at Amazon Instead

Portland, Maine -- It's always a relief this time of year to find that my local bookstore has emerged from the crucial holiday retail season still standing. Longfellow Books, named after Portland's famous 19th century poet, is the only bookstore selling new, general-interest titles left in this small city. I can hardly imagine getting through Maine's long winter months deprived of its weekly author events or the pleasure of an hour spent browsing the latest staff picks. Longfellow Books nourishes Portland's cultural life and also its economy. The store anchors a key downtown block, has helped many a budding local author, and provides a livelihood for six of my fellow Portlanders.

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