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Black Friday is Incitement to Mob Frenzy

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Tragedy on Black Friday morning.

The 34-year-old employee, who was not identified, was knocked down by a crowd that broke down the doors of the Wal-Mart at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y., and surged into the store. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 6 a.m.

Who’s responsible for this?

During the election campaign, Palin and McCain were chastised for not stopping people in their crowds from crying racial epithets and worse at Obama. That’s nothing compared to Black Friday. At least nobody got hurt.

But it’s just fine for Walmart, Target, and all the other Crap pushers to prime the crap junkie mob with massive come-ons to buy more cheap stuff. The ads go out, the mob get up at 2 a.m, arrive at the locked doors at the same time, the group mentality gathers pace, adrenaline is running high, there’s a push from the back of the crowd, the mob surges. The doors give way. Everyone rushes in and some poor employee in the wrong place gets trampled to death.

We scoff when this kind of thing happens during the Hajj, in Mecca. Down there, the pilgrims surge and crush others underfoot all the time. But we think we are beyond that. The sad fact is that we’re worse. Because the God we trample is the God of the big screen TV. The pilgrims in Mecca are surging for Allah.

And the economists want us to adjust our behavior. Forget it. Consumerism is a drug.

And there is no methodone.


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