Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Guardian - It's known as the McDonald's theory of war, but has nothing to do with hand-to-hand combat over a bacon and egg McMuffin. No country with a McDonald's outlet, the theory contends, has ever gone to war with another. The logic is thus: countries with middle classes large enough to sustain a McDonald's have reached a level of prosperity and global integration that makes warmongering risky and unpalatable to its people. The Russia-Georgia conflict has finally blown this theory out of the water. Thomas Friedman, who invented the theory in 1996, said people in McDonald's countries "don't like to fight wars. They like to wait in line for burgers." The Caucasus conflict shows it's quite possible to do both.


At September 9, 2008 7:20 AM, Blogger Jan said...

And yet the Friedman franchise continues. Being wrong doesn't carry the stigma it used to. (See "Iraq War"). This review of The Flathead World, errr, whatever, is worth a read or reread http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

At September 9, 2008 8:30 AM, Blogger Lars said...

Friedman simplifies things into cliches that make sense if one isn't given over to critical thought.

Also, does this mean that countries with McDonald's only like to whip on poorer nations without McD's? That would seem to be the standard operating practice of the USA.

At September 9, 2008 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The United States, the birthplace of McDonald's, loves war. Friedman is an idiot.


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