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FEAR AND LOATHING IN UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL CAPITALISM
Living in this country is starting to make me sick. Not too long ago, I was
back in Western New York and visited my old haunt of Lockport. And to my surprise,
one of my all-time favorite features of downtown Lockport was gone, that being
the big Salvation Army on the corner by the canal bridge. And I dont just
mean closed, I mean obliterated off the face of the earth. The whole damn building
was gone. And what stood in its place, you say as you prepare for the wall of
rage? A Walgreens. A huge fucking drug store. Instantly Walgreens made my corporate
shitlist right along side Tops, Wal-Mart, and Benderson Development. Not only
that, but area friends and contacts tell me that the whole thing came down and
went up in the span of a month. I could puke.
Is this really urban renewal? Im not the biggest fan of organized
religion but the Salvation Army represents for me one of the most effective
recycling programs we have going. Its ridiculous the kind of clothes you
find when you walk into a Salvay, the refuse of the petit bourgeoisie. Stuff
that might be six months out of style but still high-quality, perfectly good,
often designer merchandise. And instead, now downtown Lockport has
yet another fly-by-night disposable business venture for producing
even more wasteful, polluting, disposable low-cost crap to drain
our wallets. Itll be bankrupt or gone within a generation, mark my words.
Disposable real estate.
CAPITALIST EXPANSION IS A BLIGHT. When I was a little kid it was fascinating
to see fancy new building popping up. Now whenever someone takes me down a street
like Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, I actually have to resist the urge
to vomit. Development my ass. Have you noticed how fast these new buildings
and shopping plazas go up these days? Do you seriously think these vendors are
planning on staying in these crap-ass buildings for more than what, maybe twenty
years tops? What a waste of resources! Steel doesnt grow on trees, and
tress dont grow on asphalt. The next time I see a goddam supermarket move
two blocks down the street just so they can take a tax break on a new building,
thereby killing an entire shopping plaza, Im walking in to the store on
Grand Opening morning with an A-Bomb lashed to each nut and nuking the damn
place. Worse yet, smart-ol Benderson has been slowly covering the suburbs
not only with old abandoned plazas, but new vacant buildings, too! Have you
noticed the glut of empty retail space in each new Benderson plaza that goes
up? Almost always at least one division never fills. What are all these small
businesses supposed to do when the vacant division next door suddenly gets infested
with rats? Its like Jimmy Stewart was never born and Potter owns the whole
county. Its fucking disgusting.
I wanna take over every town zoning board meeting in America with a gun. Im
too much of an anarchist to ever support a planned economy, but a Communist
state wouldnt waste money building four of the same retail establishment
within a mile of each other, and leaving empty retail space all over the country.
A new Wal-Mart or Target or CrapMart or whatever is not progress folks, wake
up! Its 84,000 square feet of wasted resources! And if you think the empty
buildings in the suburbs are bad, you should check out the city some time. I
wanna move every low-income family ghettoized or homeless in the city into an
empty Benderson commercial site, rent-free. I wanna bring a hundred angry people
to a town zoning meeting and put a ten-year freeze on new construction. I wanna
squat the earth. I wanna kill every cul-de-sac in America. I want to end the
lie of steady growth... were growing straight out of our resources!
I WANT TO END CAPITALIST EXPANSION WORLDWIDE. I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS
A FREE MARKET. THE UNRESTRICTED FREE MARKET IS A WASTE OF RESOURCES. LASSIES-FAIRE
IS DEATH! DO YOU GET THE FUCKING MESSAGE??!?!
The Salvation Army in Lockport, meanwhile, has moved down Transit Road, away from the city and towards the suburbs and housing developments, into an abandoned retail space in a former big-chain supermarket plaza. At least someone still knows how to recycle.