On Thursday I participated in another public debate about Wal-Mart, this time in Ventura, where Wal-Mart hopes to open a new store in the near future. (I should have blogged the event beforehand, just in case any Agoraphilia readers felt like showing up, but it just slipped my mind.) Since my partner in the debate was Kevin McCall, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, I made a point of emphasizing my free-agent, not-a-hired-gun status. That's not intended as a criticism of Kevin, who I found to be smart, friendly, and articulate. I just wanted to run off the predictable "how much did Wal-Mart pay you to defend them" accusations at the pass.
The Ventura County Star reports on the event. I don't think the quotes attributed to me are exactly right (specifically, I don't recall using the phrase "eroding the free market system"), but the gist is accurate enough.
The debate is supposed to air on public access cable sometime soon, but I haven't heard a specific date and time.