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Is this a bad thing?

Posted by: Meanie ( Den of Decadence, USA ) on June 10, 1999 at 12:56:46:

In Reply to: If they don't have a choice, they don't have a choice. posted by Ludwig von Mises on June 08, 1999 at 10:14:53:

: There aren't that many suppliers ou there that can supply the quantity of meat that McDonalds needs. If they don't have a choice, they don't have a choice. Also, if all companies used meat that is "freindly to the enviroment", our meat would be VERY expensive.

If meat was very expensive, less people would eat it. Is this a bad thing? Also, if (God forbid) McDonald's were to use more environmentally friendly sources for their meat, obviously they'd be forced to charge more for their "food". Simple cause and effect tells us that this would lead to a decline in business and thus a decline in profits. Putting profit before people is a textbook example of bad business (and, for that matter, big business). Of course, in the textbook example, we're talking about making profit a higher priority than customer service; in the case of McDonald's, we're talking about making profit a higher priority than the continued welfare of the human race. I'd call that negligence. Of course, this argument will be completely moot within a few short decades because we'll all be dead if we don't keep big business in check. It doesn't really make a lot of sense to me, though: what exactly are the corporate execs planning on doing with all this money they've accumulated once they've managed to kill most of the planet? It's greed, plain and simple. Do they NEED all this money to survive? Of course not, they just stockpile it because the hand that holds the moneybags is the hand that rules the world (at least as long as there's a world left to rule. Sadly, greed is known to cause terrible cases of shortsightedness and I fear that they won't realize their mistake until they go to deposit that most recent check and discover that there's nobody left alive to work at the bank. Think what you wish, but it's accepted scientific fact that humankind will become extinct sooner or later. Surely we're the only species to ever have lived on the surface of this planet that deliberately hastens our demise in the pursuit of little pieces of paper and metal that represent ideas thought up by other members of the same species. What's going on? We're screwed.

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