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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:27 PM
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No Two Countries with McDonald's Have Ever Gone to War!
Edited on Sat Aug-09-08 12:28 PM by alcibiades_mystery

McDonald's Moscow, Russia


McDonald's Tbilisi, Georgia

Another capitalist pretension falls by the wayside...
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:29 PM
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1. In Soviet Russia, McDonald's Super-Sizes YOU!
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mediaman007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:34 PM
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2. Is there a source?
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:44 PM
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4. Google's your friend. . .
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=o+T...


In his book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas L. Friedman proposed "The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention," observing that no two countries with a McDonald's franchise had ever gone to war with one another, a version of the democratic peace theory. Shortly after the book was published, the NATO bombing of Serbia proved the theory wrong, though in a later edition Friedman argued that this exception proved the rule: the war ended quickly, he argued, partly because the Serbian population did not want to lose their place in a global system "symbolised by McDonald's" (Friedman 2000: 252253). It should be noted that Friedman framed this theory in terms of McDonald's Golden Arches "with tongue slightly in cheek" (Friedman 2005). Recently, Friedman has updated the theory with the Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention (Friedman 2005). In 2006 McDonald's hosting nations Israel and Lebanon were involved in a war which could also be considered evidence against the Golden Arches theory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Arches
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:36 PM
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3. I doubt that's true
What's your source?
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:45 PM
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6. It's a "theory" Thomas Friedman proposed. . .
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:50 PM
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9. Like father, like son
at least the father had some brains (if utterly lacking in common sense).
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:53 PM
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10. You're not suggesting that Thomas Friedman is Milton Friedman's son, are you?
Because he's not.

:shrug:
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:58 PM
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11. You're right- my mistake
I guess the policies were similar enough, that it was easy to get confused (or trust what one reads on the internet).

Thanks for the correction.
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:11 PM
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15. He's definitely spawn, if not family
:-)
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:24 PM
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16. Secret love child?
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:44 PM
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5. That theory was always a Kroc. nt
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:46 PM
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7. Of course it was
Just sayin'...

:-)
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:50 PM
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17. Thanks -- I love puns, and that's a great one. . .
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:46 PM
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8. That second one is friggin cool.
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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:00 PM
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12. Hah, hah, hah, eat shit, Thomas Friedman.
Or better yet, have a Big Mac.

nice catch, OP.
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Clear Blue Sky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:02 PM
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13. I remember that from his book.
A cute approximation, but with exceptions.

To borrow Friedman's terminology, with the "flattening of the earth", his McDonalds theory doesn't fly any more.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 01:02 PM
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14. Y'know, I can't stand McDonald's
but the one in Tblisi is really nice-looking.
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