Russia and Georgia destroy the McDonalds theory of war

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16 Responses

  1. Harry H says:

    This theory was refuted by events long ago. The first McDonalds opened in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1988, and had over a dozen restaurants operating during the NATO bombing in 1999.

  2. Tim Newman says:

    It has been claimed that this theory became unstuck when Israel attacked Lebanon a couple of years ago.

  3. Andy says:

    Cheers Harry & Tim.

    I’ve amended the post to point out that the war in Yugoslavia was technically a conflict between a group of countries and a single country – tenuous, I know…

    And Friedman deals with the Israel-Lebanon conflict in his article – ongoing wars that started before the introduction of McDonalds don’t count (!).

  4. JB says:

    There’s a better way to shoot that McDonald’s: with the statue of Rustavelli in the background: this.

  5. Australianboy says:

    So Mcdonalds Theory of War has been well and truly destroyed, however, the theory holds true when it comes to the glorious and civilized game that is cricket! No Cricketing nation has ever gone to war against another cricketing nation!

  6. Aaron says:

    australiaboy…the boer war? australia and britain went against the saffas

  7. Sherkan says:

    It was kind of a silly theory anyway :)

  8. Tim Newman says:

    No Cricketing nation has ever gone to war against another cricketing nation!

    India and Pakistan?

  9. Alec L says:

    I’ll start by noting that Indians are partial only to VEGGIE burgers:
    Anyway, this may topple the McD’s theory, but I’m not so convinced it refutes Kant. After all, Russia is definitely not a functioning democracy: Look at the unjustifiable government influence in elections and the stifling of free speech (i.e. killing and exiling journalists and the complete government ownership of Russian TV, the main source of information). As for Georgia, it’s a bit early to tell, but history doesn’t make me very optimistic.
    Alec L

  10. Aleks says:

    I’ve just remembered that the Velvet Underground wrote a song called ‘Andy’s Chest':

    Any connection with owner of this blog?

    It’s a great song too!

  11. Rod says:

    Interesting post, Andy.

    The McDonalds theory of war has always been a spurious fantasy bordering on the delusional, as is much of Friedman’s work.

    However, the Democratic Peace theory, if taken to its core, still holds up – I believe an important condition within that theory is that _only_ countries which are _fully-developed and functional democracies_ will not go to war against one another. Neither Russia nor Georgia fulfill that condition.

  12. Matt says:

    The McDonalds theory, the Democratic Peace theory and the Cricketing Nation Peace theory may lie in tatters, yet the AFL Non-Agression Law still holds strong! No two countries that play Australian Rules Football have ever gone to war with eachother!

  13. Gabriel says:

    What about the 1982 war of Argentina and England? Both have McDonalds…

  14. Andy says:

    Hi Gabriel – thanks for your comment!

    Although both countries do have McDonalds at the moment, the first McDonalds in Argentina was opened in 1986, four years after the end of the war.

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