As they are directly benefiting from the Unions so even if they try to teach both sides it makes it seem that Unions will benefit the Underclass at a slight expense to the upperclass, Created such advancements such as Minimum Wage, Weekends and Holidays.
uhm didn't they?. I acknowledge that unions come with their own set of problems regarding corruption etc but here in the EU at least we have the unions to thank for minimum wage and weekends (back in the day people only got sunday off because they had to go to church). Why are americans so afraid of unions? I mean big business have their own organisations looking out for their interests, why not the workers? Do you really think you would be better off, if workers never organized and made demands of their employer?
Gibson winces at the term "information superhighway" ("a nasty piece of buzzword engineering"), but has good things to say about the Internet: "I'm not a user, but I'm a big fan. I like the idea that it's extra-national, and no one particularly owns it. My concern now is whether it can be dismantled by corporate interests who want something more structured so they can sell us stuff - or whether there's some innate urge toward freedom inherent in the technology that will keep it evolving."
Seems a bit like the current "quest for control and censorship" we hear about every week here, as well as the net neutrality controversy.
Reading this thread I somehow got reminded of this:
Once again America is trying to make the world a better place. It hasn't always worked out all that well for you.
One one hand: communication should be a basic human right, so what could probably go wrong?. On the other hand the Iraqis didn't much like Saddam, but many of them sure as hell didn't like it either when our tanks started patrolling their streets.
I'm comparing apples to oranges here and im only considering recent history. Just remember the world isn't black and white, but shades of grey.
Sure the Iranians seems pissed about the election fraud, but that doesn't guarantee they are ready for the "western world makeover" either (like the one you gave the Japanese).
Perhaps they really do prefer living in a barbaric society with laws based on religion, made up by some batshit insane clergy. Perhaps they just want their vote to count.
Personally I think helping them out with communication sounds like a great idea (not considering whether its technically possible or not). Just a word of warning from a smug european
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