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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Fast Food Fights for Freedom on the Planet

It's New Year's Day 2006 in the wee hours of the morning, and I'm trying in vain to type without my contacts. At the same time I'm hoping to prove without a doubt that fast food has done it's part to advance freedoms on our planet.

While politicizing fast food is not my intention, I would like to simply say who among us would allow their government to ban private ownership of businesses, possibly even fast food restaurants, once they had eaten a big juicy hamburger, french fries and a milk shake.

Surely nobody is going to passively roll over and accept communism or a dictatorship in place of democracy if they would have to go without fried chicken, a fish sandwich or pizza.

In this roundabout way fast food has become an ardent defender of freedom, which has allowed fast food franchises to operate in countless countries. Of course there are still some countries which love fast food and also restrict freedoms. China has somehow been able to mix communism with consumerism, but in the years to come something will have to give.

On the other hand, most of the former Soviet countries, such as Ukraine and Russia, now enjoy tasty burgers and fries, etc. etc., and so many other successes of capitalism. Our taste buds after all do have a very big say in our lives and through them we hear, or rather "taste," the fast food message:
Long live fast food and freedom!
Happy New Year!

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