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No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart

The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice

by Tom Slee

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ethics & moral philosophy, theory
list price: $24.95
also available: eBook
category: Philosophy
published: 2006
publisher: Between the Lines

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

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Conservatives dress up their destructive policy prescriptions in the language of "individual choice." Tom Slee's paradigm-busting book shows there are other, better ways for society to make choices. Marvelous, and timely.

— - Jim Stanford, economist, Canadian Auto Workers
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About the Author

Tom Slee

Tom Slee writes about technology, politics, and economics and in the last two years has become a leading critic of the sharing economy. He has a PhD in theoretical chemistry, a long career in the software industry, and his bookNo One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart is a game-theoretical investigation of individual choice that has been used in university economics, philosophy and sociology courses. He lives in Waterloo, Canada and blogs at www.tomslee.net.
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