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The more things change... well, you know the rest of it

Posted: 06 Dec 2014, 21:52
by D.A. Ridgely
Brought to my attention for different reasons, this USIA half-hour propaganda piece, for some reason made with the cooperation of the British Broadcasting System and probably to be shown primarily in England, covers issues just as likely to be debated now: suburban shopping centers destroying urban downtown retail districts, large stores running small shops out of business, discount stores pressuring large retailers on price, the rise of supermarkets (just five years old when the film was made!) and their no doubt disastrous effect on the local butcher, baker, etc. Democrats worrying about "the little guy," Republicans hailing the march of commercial progress, sales gimmicks, the power of consumer demand, etc., etc.