- McSpotlight -

Choose freedom, choose life...but why would I want to do a thing like that?

Posted by: Gideon Hallett ( n/a, UK ) on February 05, 1998 at 10:49:30:

In Reply to: Re: McDonald's email addresses posted by David Allen on February 05, 1998 at 10:00:33:

: : Good Job.... At least somebody is giving
: : McDonalds a chance people assume only
: : the worst after they read all this nonsense.

Not quite the chance the poster thought. McD's paranoid reluctance to give out any contact details does rather convey the impression that they _don't_ want you to talk to them.

: Hey you know these guys don't see the big picture ..they make too much money ...thier EX's are pucks .....they don't even know it ..they are just like the tobacco companies ......whom they advertise against ..however if I'm not mistaken ......heart disease is the biggest killer of them all ...........you would think they would see the big picture and pull together. They really miss the point! A company this size should realize it would be to thier benifit to get together (get thier shit together) with other big companies and protect our freedom of choice! GET THE PICTURE?

Protecting our 'freedom of choice'? Excuse me?

While the world's large corporates _are_ bunching together, one of the last things on their agenda is 'freedom'. It's called the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and it will remove many of the things we think of as 'freedom'.

For example, the consortium of big businesses will have a freedom to dictate their own working and environmental practices in any MAI-signed country in the world. Furthermore, elected governments will no longer have that power - meaning that members of the public will have no say in their own working conditions. Ditto health and safety conditions. Ditto environmental standards.

Any move made by national governments that is seen by Faceless Corp. to damage F.C.'s profits will lay the government open to a lawsuit from an international tribunal until they reverse the offending move. The government has no right of reply or countersuit - it must comply or risk losing all foreign investment. An example under the similar NAFTA saw the Canadian Govt. having to back down the companies like Monsanto.

The Canadian government saw that people were concerned about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and passed a law in Canada saying that products containing GMOs had to be labelled as such. The biotech companies said this was a move which damaged their profits and took the Government to court under the NAFTA.

Result: hefty fine for Canadian government, Canadians are not allowed to know whether they are eating GMOs or not. Smiling faces at Monsanto (the people who brought you Agent Orange, PCB's and many of the dioxins currently in use).

This time it's _worldwide_. The MAI is due to be ratified in Geneva in May, so any opposition needs to be co-ordinated _now_. The Counter-Globalization Network (CGN) are probably among the best people to contact if you want to help.

I chose life...

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