From Seven Days:
It should come as no surprise that independent bookstores are more than a little miffed at online monolith Amazon. But mom-and-pop book shops aren’t the only businesses affected by the retail giant’s ever-expanding reach and dominance. The massive corporation captures one of every two American dollars spent online. That’s according to a 2016 report published by Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia of the nonprofit advocacy group Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
But two Vermont bookstores are fighting back — or at least, talking about fighting back. Phoenix Books, Northshire Bookstore and local news website VTDigger present a pair of public discussions this week with Mitchell as the featured speaker. The idea: Present listeners with enough info to arm them for the coming retail war — or, more likely (and less dramatically), the long, slow, uphill trudge.
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Mitchell’s and LaVecchia’s report is frightening, at least to store owners. The writers describe Amazon not just as a massive retailer but as a many-tentacled monster — seriously, the word “tentacle” is repeated often — that is slowly taking over the publishing, television, movie and food industries. According to Mitchell and LaVecchia, Amazon even has a partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency.
But the two view Amazon as more than than just an overgrown bully to local booksellers. They see the company as a fundamental threat to the fabric of society itself.
“Amazon’s increasing dominance comes with high costs,” reads the report’s introduction. “It’s eroding opportunity and fueling inequality, and it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life and democracy. And yet these consequences have gone largely unnoticed thanks to Amazon’s remarkable invisibility and the way its tentacles have quietly extended their reach.”
Link to the rest at Seven Days and thanks to Dave for the tip.
PG suggests that being one of the most admired companies in the United States (and probably much of the world) is a bit inconsistent with the “remarkable invisibility” of Amazon. Additionally, the word, “tentacles” appearing in any document not related to biology is a pretty reliable indicator of propaganda of one sort or another in PG’s reading experience.
PG checked out the website for The Institute for Self Reliance, the organization that sponsored the report described in the OP. The ISR appears to be against Amazon, Walmart and large utility companies and in favor of below-market rents for small businesses, regulated advertising, food scrap recovery policies and bans on non-refillable bottles.