[Marxism] As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish - NYTimes.com
clayclai at gmail.com
Sat May 24 09:05:52 MDT 2014
On the other hand, Amazon is building the distribution system of the
future. We will probably use something like it under socialism, with better
pay and working conditions of course. But its ability to get almost
anything to anyone anywhere is second to none.
Amazon destroys some businesses and allows others to flourish. It has
allowed me to sell Vietnam: American Holocaust and Free Syria flags to the
world and that is a freedom to distribute I couldn't get from Sears or Best
2 sides to every story.
Clay Claiborne, Director
Vietnam: American Holocaust <http://VietnamAmericanHolocaust.com>
Linux Beach Productions
Venice, CA 90291
Read my blogs at the Linux Beach <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/>
On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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> I don't consider myself well-versed enough in Marxist economic theory to
> be overly assertive about this, but it strikes me that Amazon exemplifies
> the irrationality of capitalism. Amazon has yet to show sizable profits but
> continues to destroy businesses left and right, from bookstores to
> publishing houses, from old time brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy and
> Sears. Jeff Bezos's main inspiration is Walmart, a corporation that has
> hollowed out much of small town America. Every step made in the direction
> of achieving his ultimate goals seems to be one also calculated to pushing
> profits downwards.
> Amazon’s power over the publishing and bookselling industries is unrivaled
> in the modern era. Now it has started wielding its might in a more brazen
> way than ever before.
> Seeking ever-higher payments from publishers to bolster its anemic bottom
> line, Amazon is holding books and authors hostage on two continents by
> delaying shipments and raising prices. The literary community is fearful
> and outraged — and practically begging for government intervention.
> “How is this not extortion? You know, the thing that is illegal when the
> Mafia does it,” asked Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House, echoing remarks
> being made across social media.
> Amazon is, as usual, staying mum. “We talk when we have something to say,”
> Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive, said at the company’s
> annual meeting this week.
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