Interesting theory George, interesting theory

A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and nuanced argument. One in six Americans now believe that military rule would be a good idea. From all this I draw the following, peculiar conclusion: no country with a McDonald’s can remain a democracy.

Because of course the availability of Big Macs makes voting impossible.

Sadly, he doesn’t develop the idea much beyond that. That thousands of local businesses use the one brand and recipe, as with the Spar chain or any other franchise, means that Duterte gets to rule the country.

Or summat.

25 thoughts on “Interesting theory George, interesting theory”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    “The best way to combat the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Farage and the politics they represent is to rescue power from the grip of transnational corporations”

    If they have the power that George would have us believe, I don’t think so, they got it because of the sort of politicians that George approved of: Clinton, Obama, Blair etc

  2. It would be far better to say that democracy is under threat because the social compact is fraying. A significant part of why the compact is under threat is migration. I suppose one could make the claim that big business likes migration, although I suspect that isnt what moonbat is thinking.

    What I find odd is that the transnational corporation as a threat to democracy suggests that Trump is backed by big business – but he wasnt. Indeed if Trump rolls back migration and the H1B visa, he will be fighting big business. So we should see the rise of Trump as being anti-big business. So why isnt Moonbat supporting him?

  3. ” I do not mean that the presence of the burger chain itself is the cause of the decline of open, democratic societies (though it has played its part in Britain, using our defamation laws against its critics). “

    How exasperating, George! Why is it that the wrong people are allowed to use our laws, eh?

  4. Bloke in Costa Rica

    If the corporations are that powerful, then Mongbat had better wind his neck in or he’ll be painfully killed. Oh, wait, liquidating your opponents seems to be an exclusive competence of just the sort of governments that he would enthusiastically endorse.

  5. No need for Moonbat to fear assassination.

    A second run-in with pikeys would be enough to encompass his doom.

  6. Also–I ask yet again–why can’t I get a job talking shite in leftist media for 100 grand plus a year with zero quality standards?

  7. Guardian’s a strange one. Moonbat’s on about £40k. Polly’s one £116k or summat. Their editor gets £500k or so. CiF piece, online only, is £85. The inequality of pay at that newspaper is probably higher than at any of the other nationals.

  8. @Tim

    Thanks for that. The rates for a CiF piece look pretty low to me. One would have to type a piece out at an impressive rate to make a decent £/hr, especially when the time spent pitching is included. And be publishing a lot of stuff in a lot of places to be making a decent £/week.

    Still, few people would make £85 in advertising by posting the equivalent comment piece on their blog, I suppose.

    (Also, I more feel rather sorry for Monbiot which probably wasn’t your intention!)

  9. Will Hutton gets paid £66k for his columns – they have to disclose it because he’s a director of the Scott Trust.

  10. Mal Reynolds (Serenity)

    Christ, £116k for Polly! I’m not sure if I should laugh at The Guardian pissing away money they don’t have like that or cry that the market values Polly’s drivellings that highly.

  11. The rates for a CiF piece look pretty low to me.

    Having read them, they look pretty high to me. They should be paying the commenters instead.

  12. Christ, £116k for Polly!

    Not bad for someone with a single ‘A’ level, grade E.

    Things were different in those days of course. Credentials weren’t so important, or at least ones written on paper. Other credentials were more important. Who your family was, for example.

  13. And this from today’s guardian (not so much a snowflake as a walking blizzard): ‘Madonna on the US election: ‘It feels like women betrayed us’’

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/07/madonna-on-the-us-election-it-feels-like-women-betrayed-us

    ““I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’”

    Couldn’t stomach clicking through to the original Billboard interview they ripped this off from.

    And the editor gets £500k for putting this crap up?

  14. ““I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’”

    <pendant>
    Except he isn’t. Yet.
    </pendant>

  15. The only country I;ve been to without a McDonalds (I went to the first McDs in Moscow interestingly) was Bolivia as at the time (2003) the franchise had been shut down as a result of a some scandal or other (can’t remember what is was now). Burger King had taken over all of them.

    After weeks of eating rice, beans and empanadas it was a welcome change !

  16. McDonalds seems to be very popular, disproportionately popular, with our ethnic cousins.

    Is George aware of, and done penance for the pretty blatant racism on view here?

  17. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and nuanced argument.

    This from a guy who scraped dead animals off the road and served them for dinner.

    Dennis’ Law: Any male who uses the term ‘nuanced argument’ is a complete pussy.

  18. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Mongbat hates McDonald’s because plebs like it and they don’t serve vegeburgers on stone-ground quinoa flour buns with a nice slice of organic Fair Trade haloumi.

  19. He’s lamenting the dilution of national sovereignty by transnational bodies such as the IMF and the ECB.

    Could somebody tell me which side he took on the EU Referendum?

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