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Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

Is it a desirable quality for the success of a society, however?

There isn't a requirement for a government to kowtow to every "need" a business puts forth. Multinationals aren't paying taxes and, as this story shows, they aren't really providing that many new American jobs either.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

This makes corporate-centric people on stashdot explode every time I say it, but the corporation is (at least supposed to be) a creature of the state. One of the reason that corporations act the way they do is because of case law. The legislature can change the law which will contradict that case law.

The parent of this post doesn't do this, but a lot of people like to pretend that somehow the idea of "maximizing profits" comes down from God. It doesn't. It's the outcome of years of evolution and with national law. It is changeable if the political will is there.

Having said that, the political will is not there because all intents and purposes the corporate class control the government.

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 4, Insightful) 337

Is it me or are do others here think the next 20 years in the US is going to be an extremely rough ride? In less than 10 years we will have to deal with kids who grew up with these textbooks in our college system. In another 10 years they will start to become our "leaders". in 40 years they will be in the Senate and House making even worse informed decisions than the morons currently there.

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

Oh wow. What bullshit.

You have the direction wrong. Corporations control the government. That's why it seems like what you say is true. People that work for multinational corporations are up to their neck in corporate agendas. They take the philosophy of corporate life to heart even when they don't know it. The biggest problem we have in the US is that corporations control what we debate in the public square to a very large extent. They are the ones controlling the flow of information to the Joe Sixpack masses.

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