Long reads of note: NYT's series on Wal-Mart's legacy of bribery, corruption in Mexico

"Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited," an investigation by The New York Times found.


  1. Umm… http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/ and slammer time?

    Oh, wait, different sort of person, sorry about that.

  2. It’s okay, we don’t indict large corporations on criminal charges anymore.  They’re too big to fail, they didn’t mean it, and they’ll change, they promise.  

  3. Perhaps everyone knows this one already but there is a great paper online written by two researchers of University of Bremen (Germany) about why and how Walmart failed in Germany. It’s a fascinating read because it provides two tired information: the tone deaf nature of Walmart and the refusal of the German people to be pushed into a consumer experience that was alien to their culture. Worth the time (it’s long) because of how it sheds light into Walmart’s international tactics, including breaking the local laws.


    (link to PDF)

  4. What say you, libertarian, corporatist apologists?  Big gub’mint must be to blame for this somehow, right?

    1. Well, if those laws hadn’t been there in the first place, Walmart wouldn’t have had to bribe officials to look the other way when they broke them.

      See? Bad government! Bad bad government!

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