Impeach 45 T Shirt
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Is Walmart responsible for third party sellers’ anti-Trump products?

Twitter users react angrily to an 'Impeach 45' t-shirt on Walmart's marketplace

Donald Trump supporters were venting on Twitter last night over the discovery that Walmart's been selling 'Impeach 45' on their marketplace website. Walmart says it's not their responsibility.

What it means: It's a similar story to the whole debate around whether Facebook is responsible for the content people share on it.

Walmart has an online marketplace, like Amazon, where third party sellers can sell their stuff. The sellers are approved by Walmart at the beginning, and then the company stops watching: as long as they're not selling anything illegal or fake, Walmart doesn't get involved, or necessarily feel responsible for what's being sold there.

Twitter users were angry that an 'Impeach 45' shirt, insinuating that Trump (the 45th prez) should be kicked out, was being sold on the site.

But Walmart's done well from having a third party sales platform, and they don't want to regulate it to the point where there's no longer an incentive for people to use it. Plus, even Fox News pointed out there's probably a 'Make America Great Again' t-shirt floating around the website somewhere too, so it all evens out in the end.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?