11.7.2022 – no two countries with

no two countries with
McDonald’s will go to war
with each other

Thomas Friedman believed countries that were tightly woven into an economic network would forgo starting wars, for fear of losing access to the humming network.

Friedman lightheartedly expressed this in 1996 as the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention: no two countries with McDonald’s will go to war with each other.

And he wasn’t far off.

Although there have been a handful of conflicts between McDonald’s-having countries, an individual’s chance of dying in a war between states has diminished remarkably since the cold war.

According to wikipedia, Friedman supported that observation, as a theory, by stating that when a country has reached an economic development where it has a middle class strong enough to support a McDonald’s network, it would become a “McDonald’s country”, and will not be interested in fighting wars anymore.

I always thought it was about the hamburgers.

When I was a kid, Mickey D’s burgers were 15 cents so for an hours worth of work at $1.25 an hour, you could get 7 to 8 hamburgers.

Today in South Carolina, minimum wage is $7.25 and the burgers are $1 and you can get 7 hamburgers.

I leave it to you to make up your mind.

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