Marx's belief that the government in some respects contributes to the suppression of the people has grounds for validation even in today's modern times. The primary goal of Social Conflict is to examine the relationship between the ruling class and the process by which deviance is defined and controlled in capitalist society. The government creates laws and rules to maintain the power and position for the power elite. Government complicity in the growth of Wal-Mart has been seen in the United State's government's creation of legislation that allows huge corporations like Wal-Mart to retain millions of dollars in tax savings through the creation of liberal capital gains tax laws. Whether this is a conspiracy among the wealthy to continue lining their pockets or a sincere effort on the part of the government to provide employment for the common worker is debatable depending on the viewpoint of the individual, but a strong case can be made for Marx's downtrodden working class that he wrote about so prolifically. With gross annual sales of over $67 billion and more than 2,000 stores, Wal-Mart is one of the biggest corporations in the United States. Great place where we can theoretically buy everything under the same roof, and even though goods seem cheaper, which actually is an illusion, the whole paradigm can end up being very expensive. To buy today at Wal-Mart may mean losing one's own job or contributing to the loss of somebody else's in your family or community sometime down the line. Wal-Mart opens a new store once every two days in small communities and cities across the United States, however, are these stores good for these communities, or are they wrecking havoc? When you look down at the fine print Wal-Mart doesn't earn its money it steals it money from other businesses. Choking other smaller businesses by offering wider variety of products at a more competitive price. This is actually a very simple business tactic if you want to sell a lot of something cut your profit margin to beat the other competitors and you will sell more.