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UncleSepp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-05 11:44 AM
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42. Bad when they disagree with you, good when they agree?
If a big enough business uses its economic power to influence a country's policy, then you have corporations dictating to nations. When you suggest that a corporation as large as Microsoft not do business in China until China changes its policy, you're suggesting Microsoft do just that. That's all well and good as long as the corporation has what you would call "good" values, but when the corporation's values are contrary to what you would want, then you'd oppose it?

It's the principle of the thing. Nations are sovereign over corporations, not the other way around. If one will do business within a country, one will take care not to offend one's host. That might mean doing things one would not ordinarily do in one's own country.

I am curious about this:

Perhaps we need to do a bit more than state for the record what we would prefer in terms of human rights and environmental protection.

What do you do? I vote, make monetary contributions, write letters, sometimes go to demonstrations. It doesn't seem to make much of a difference. What would you suggest?
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