Who stands in the way of the Small-Mart Revolution? Are the biggest opponents the captains of TINA businesses, who will resist cutbacks in public pork? The politicians who receive lavish TINA campaign contributions? Or the economic developers who promote elephant-mouse casserole? As ubiquitous and powerful as these obstacles are, I would nominate a more formidable opponent. If you’d like to meet him or her, please step in front of a mirror.

Okay, as my journey to Wal-Mart suggested, I am no saint, either. In fact, my life is riddled with hypocrisy. On the one hand, I drive a Japanese car, my shoes come from Italy, my drink of choice is singlemalt whiskey from Scotland, and my pension sits in the Nasdaq 100 Index Fund. On the ...

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