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Starbucks and the insatiable appetite for power


I recently read in the Los Angeles Times that Starbucks was going to be offering wine and beer at several locations.  What is it with this company?  Is this the coffee king of greed: of course.

It is said that America is home of the brave, land of liberty, and a proud nation of consumers; however are people going to applaud mixing a coffee shop with a bar?   Seems absurd.  But that’s one thing about consumerism, the people actually have a voice in what’s going on: consumer freedom reigns supreme, like an aftertaste of democracy.

Can you think about something the more twisted than mixing beer and coffee? Well that’s where the fun begins.

Now personally most of the people I see at a Starbucks are the type who would not normally hang out at a bar.  In my neighborhood there is a Starbucks next to a Blockbuster.  The folks at the Starbucks are usually in their 20s or 30s.  They meet the others to study to read to research.  Reminds me of a college campus.  Their minds are quick and engaging, and the idea is to meet others like themselves, to socialize and to meet new friends.  Such a good thing.  But when you add alcohol, that changes the chemical mix.

Starbucks is going strong, and the store is often crowded, but the Blockbusters is closing down in February.  The business of entertainment has changed rapidly over the years, and the streaming video that is possible makes having to check out dvds unnecessary, but at Starbucks people still can get what they can’t: companionship, at a cheap price.  People don’t go to blockbusters to socialize of course.  As long as people can get what they want they will keep coming.    Anyone can select what they want to watch on their networked device at home now, thought for some they won’t like not having the choice any longer.  With people not getting out to get their videos, the somebody’s going to have to build tougher and more rigid furniture to put up with the weight of people gain couch-potatoing in front of their 50-inch plasmas.  America needs new business ventures, so solid furnishings is a go.  Leather is car seats needs to be replaced too with something tougher like Yak Hides for those heaven-laden rumps.

Not like I’m not part of the movement or anything.  After 150 hours of sky rim, my virtual world is just as large as the common Joe‘s.

The social dynamics of a bar are not unlike the social dynamics of a Starbucks except in the fact that the type of clientele drawn in can be worlds removed.  A coffee addict may like to purchase a scone or muffin to complement their latte, but what will the alcoholic think about tasty breakfast treats.  No, really demanding beer nuts and pizza.  I just can’t see Starbucks merging with Pizza Hut.

I wonder if the management has had too much to drink: do they really want drunkards in their stores.  The knock to hire a bouncer, and someone to card, and then they’ll add live music, and paint the ceiling black and the walls to.  It just hurts my mind thinking about it

But the people will vote. They vote with their dollars.   Too bad politics doesn’t work that way.  The way it actually works is that only those with big bucks can really influence the vote.  You have to have a couple million to donate to a candidate you like.  Funny how capitalism works and democracy doesn’t because of capitalism not working.

I wonder how much Starbucks gives to candidates each year.  I wonder what their politics are like:   take a look.

http://www.economist.com/node/21531476

http://www.coffeeresearch.org/politics/Starbucks%20Fairtrade.htm

The CEO of Starbucks seems to think capitalism and politics in America is broken too.

So America understand this.  Your vote doesn’t count for much any longer.  Your politicians do hear one thing, and that is money.  You want to change the world then change your consumer habits, and buy things that represent your politics.  If you don’t like the fact that some company owns your representation, then don’t buy their products.  If you don’t like the fact that some company is using slave labor overseas, or that a company has dropped 2,500 jobs in the USA and moved their factory operations to China, then stop buying their goods.  If you don’t care, then maybe you should.

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