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McCarriage of Justice

How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, revoke their charter?

Fast food giant McDonald’s has just been handed a stunning defeat by a Malaysian high court in an epic trademark dispute. The ruling ended an eight-year battle in which the megacorporation attempted to prevent a small curry restaurant from using the prefix “Mc” in its name. McCurry (which stands for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”) argued that it had every right to use the two consonants and that McDonald’s claim that the two restaurants could be confused was unfounded. McCurry offers an Indian menu (including, among other things, fish head curry) while McDonald’s sticks to arguably less palatable “Western” fare. In addition to granting McCurry the rights to the disputed prefix, the court ordered McDonald’s to pay all legal costs incurred by the defendant. McDonald’s has a history of attacking anyone who dares string the two letters together: the company has previously brought legal action against a curry restaurant in Jamaica and the Oxford English Dictionary for listing the definition of “McJob.” Hopefully having its McAss handed to it by Malaysia’s highest court will end the corporation’s global monopoly on the two letters, allowing small business owners and a good part of Scotland to breathe easy.

But what can we do to prevent bullying megacorporations from treating the world like one giant school yard? For every Malaysian McCurry there are untold numbers of little guys slain by corporate Goliaths. For every staggering judgment (like Pfizer’s recent $2.3 billion settlement with the FDA) there are a slew of shady backroom deals in which corporations make a mint at the public’s expense. How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, are allowed to revoke their charter? What are some effective ways for civil society to fight back against corporate power?

Sarah Nardi

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McPissed

The banks, stock markets, etc, according to neoclassical economics, is what is driving the accelerating high level of living standards. If your reading this site, you have access to a computer, and are enjoying a higher living standard than 2/3rds of the worlds population. Lets not take a step backwards in social evolution and disband social institutions proven capable of effecting positive change, instead, lets re-educate the public mindset that allows these institutions to wield far too much power. Agreed, McCorporate lawsuits are an abuse of a system designed to protect liberty and rights. However, lets not forsake ourselves to an extremist position and declare reform within the system impossible. At worst, vote with your dollar, and discontinue support of oppressive corporations. encourage others to do the same. Resorting to violence, murder and anarchy will be a lot worse than what we have now. That would feed the public's perception of anti-corporate extremism, and probably push them further towards signing their souls over in a contract.

McPissed

The banks, stock markets, etc, according to neoclassical economics, is what is driving the accelerating high level of living standards. If your reading this site, you have access to a computer, and are enjoying a higher living standard than 2/3rds of the worlds population. Lets not take a step backwards in social evolution and disband social institutions proven capable of effecting positive change, instead, lets re-educate the public mindset that allows these institutions to wield far too much power. Agreed, McCorporate lawsuits are an abuse of a system designed to protect liberty and rights. However, lets not forsake ourselves to an extremist position and declare reform within the system impossible. At worst, vote with your dollar, and discontinue support of oppressive corporations. encourage others to do the same. Resorting to violence, murder and anarchy will be a lot worse than what we have now. That would feed the public's perception of anti-corporate extremism, and probably push them further towards signing their souls over in a contract.

Anonymous

I have a strong feeling you have no idea what a facist is... comrade
I would further assume you can't tell the difference between a socialist and a communist either

Anonymous

I have a strong feeling you have no idea what a facist is... comrade
I would further assume you can't tell the difference between a socialist and a communist either

McAnonymous

Nobody is interested in your assumptions or feelings. The grown-ups were having a discussion based on logic and ideas until you interrupted.
I love dropping the f-bomb in leftist circles because 95% of you have no idea that they (and the ideals they espouse) are actually fascist. Somehow the left has done a great job of shedding their fascist heritage like a snake sheds it's skin - but there's no arguing with history and logic. A fascist is someone who believes that the collective rights or rights of the state are paramount and individual rights should be subjugated to that cause. Fascists can be statists or populists and most (especially in history) are explicitly socialist.
Mussolini worshipped at the altar of the state, and announced to the Italian Socialists that, "twelve years of my life in the party ought to be sufficient guarantee of my socialist faith. Socialism is in my blood!"
The populist revolutionary known as Hitler (head of the National SOCIALIST Party) enshrined the following ideas in the party platform: common good must come before self-interest, the state must provide a livelihood for it's citizens, nationalization of trusts, shared (confiscation of) profits with labour, communalization of warehouses and creation of rent control, state-sponsored health programs...and of course unfettered state power to institute the preceding programs. Nazi philosophy (from Strasser) states clearly "we are socialists. We are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system.."
THAT'S a fascist! ...and THAT all sounds very similar to adbuster's philosophies :(
By the way, trying to tell the difference between a socialist and a communist is like arguing whether the guy executing you should use a hand-gun or a shot-gun. The outcome is the same either way.

McAnonymous

Nobody is interested in your assumptions or feelings. The grown-ups were having a discussion based on logic and ideas until you interrupted.
I love dropping the f-bomb in leftist circles because 95% of you have no idea that they (and the ideals they espouse) are actually fascist. Somehow the left has done a great job of shedding their fascist heritage like a snake sheds it's skin - but there's no arguing with history and logic. A fascist is someone who believes that the collective rights or rights of the state are paramount and individual rights should be subjugated to that cause. Fascists can be statists or populists and most (especially in history) are explicitly socialist.
Mussolini worshipped at the altar of the state, and announced to the Italian Socialists that, "twelve years of my life in the party ought to be sufficient guarantee of my socialist faith. Socialism is in my blood!"
The populist revolutionary known as Hitler (head of the National SOCIALIST Party) enshrined the following ideas in the party platform: common good must come before self-interest, the state must provide a livelihood for it's citizens, nationalization of trusts, shared (confiscation of) profits with labour, communalization of warehouses and creation of rent control, state-sponsored health programs...and of course unfettered state power to institute the preceding programs. Nazi philosophy (from Strasser) states clearly "we are socialists. We are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system.."
THAT'S a fascist! ...and THAT all sounds very similar to adbuster's philosophies :(
By the way, trying to tell the difference between a socialist and a communist is like arguing whether the guy executing you should use a hand-gun or a shot-gun. The outcome is the same either way.

McAnonymous

I love spending my time on a website so very offensive to my core beliefs! I didn't pay for public university for nothing! My econ professors CAN'T be wrong! Boo yah!

McAnonymous

I love spending my time on a website so very offensive to my core beliefs! I didn't pay for public university for nothing! My econ professors CAN'T be wrong! Boo yah!

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