- McDonald's -

They are guilty by association.

Posted by: Kilroy on June 27, 1999 at 22:26:22:

In Reply to: They aren't wrong, their suppliers are. posted by Ludwig von Mises on June 04, 1999 at 10:21:57:

: : well, if you don't believe that promoting the destruction of the worlds only tropical rain forrests is wrong, than i guess you could say that mc d's is a nice establishment.

: They don't promote ruining the rainforests. They don't actively destroy rain forests. They aren't wrong, their suppliers are. All supliers are like that. Anything else?

They are guilty by association. If someone hires an assassin to take out someone they don't like, the person who hired the assassin can definitely be prosecuted. In much the same way, McDonalds is guilty of massive deforestation. Not because McD's actually has it's own workers go out there and chop down trees, but because they pay someone to do it. In fact, I'm sure LVM could come up with an argument vindicating McD's even if they DID have their own workers go out there and chop down trees. They're still hiring someone else to do it, right?

By the way, LVM's challenge is ridiculous. First of all, no one will ever be able to convince him that McD's is bad business, unethical, etc. Neither will they convince him capitalism is an unjust system. A logical argument simply will not work. This is not to say LVM is an illogical prick, he certainly isn't. Both sides of this argument have been repeated again and again and again on this message board. It is possible to justify EVERYTHING McD's has done, the same as it is possible to prove how horrible they are. I'm not saying both arguments are equally valid, they're not. My point is, if you REALLY want to believe something, you will, no matter what.

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