More evil – Ronald McDonald or Hitler?

By April 23, 2018Activism, My Blog

What do you believe? 

Who is the evilest of them all?

Today’s blog is more like a reflection post inspired by a heated conversation around a dinner table. I’m really keen to get your input.

Who do you think is the most evil corporation in history that is currently operating/ making huge profits under the guise of being a “positive brand”? Who is most invested in keeping us sick?

I’ve listed a few that come to mind.

Monsanto – solving world hunger

McDonalds – affordable fun family food place. #ImLovinIt 

Coca-Cola – open happiness 

List yours in the comments section below…. 

Pfizer – dedicated to the improvement of human life.

Bayer – science for a better life 

Ps. Bayer (German drugs and crop chemicals company) acquired Monsanto. Mmmm…. does that make them doubly evil?

Here’s an article about the 10 most evil corporations we buy from everyday: https://listverse.com/2013/02/21/10-evil-corporations-you-buy-from-everyday/

Does that make the people working for these companies evil? I know some great people working for such companies. Isn’t the main shareholder of McDonalds & KFC in South Africa the President of the country? Can he still be considered great? 

Is it acceptable to “make a good honest living” even if it means working for one of these companies? If you are providing for your family is that all that matters? A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, right?

Does it make us evil if we support these companies when it’s convenient for us? (like buying the vegan burger at Steers like I did the other day. I guess worse is buying a real burger/ part of cow at Steers? Steers is South Africa’s home equivalent to McDonalds/ Burger King) Thoughts?

How are we going to make genuine change? By condemning these companies and publicly shaming them and the people who work for them? Or by trying to extend a hand and find a way to work together towards something better? Like buying their vegan burgers… It’s a tough one.

If I had to choose the most evil corporation in the history of the world. It’s definitely McDonalds.

Here’s why:

They are a child friendly combination of:-

  1. Factory farming/ Mass slaughter/ Animal holocaust – they have been responsible for the violent murder and violation (rape) of BILLIONS of animals. Think about how many Big Macs and Egg McMuffins they have sold! When you say it like that it sounds so innocent and nice.
  2. Monsanto – have you ever thought about how they get their fries to be how they are? Monsanto probably a close 2nd to McDonalds in the evil-ometer, is benefiting too from all those Macky D fries we inhale. Mmmm tastes good still?! The earth is being crippled right before our eyes. For a good looking chip!
  3. Coca-Cola – Coca-Cola has probably single-handedly infected the population of the world with an addiction to sugar and contributed greatly to making the world’s population sick not to mention the plastic endemic that the ocean is enduring just so the “black disease” can go down smoothly in a straw. (We can’t blame Coca-Cola for all straws but certainly they account for millions and millions of them!)

Is that the kind of happiness we want for ourselves, our children and the world?

Good old Ronald McDonald who every kid in the world basically knows and worships has encouraged more consumption of murder and violation and made it fun for kids.

I gotta give it to you Ronald McDonald. I don’t know who your PR company is. But they are fucking geniuses! Talking of which, can they be considered good people for helping to spread the lies and violence? 

I believe Ronald McDonald will be remembered alongside Hitler and the Apartheid government and the like one of these days. To be honest I think Ronald and good old Colonel Sanders from KFC have killed and exploited and traumatized and destroyed way more living beings than Hitler could ever dream!

And yet we keep taking our kids there? Are we all that sick that we can’t see this?

Can we not feel anymore? 

I would love to hear from you.

I ask these questions because I really care. Please post your own questions or thoughts after reading this.

Much love

Bodhi

John

About John

John McInroy is a South African born author, social activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, ultra endurance athlete, international field hockey player, actor and vegan yogi.

10 Comments

  • Matt says:

    Dear John

    Whoah those are some massive claims indeed.
    A couple of observations and a question to follow:

    Q: how deeply have you researched these companies and their histories, roles played in society and their corporate mandates?

    Observations:
    1. It seems as though your issue is more pertaining to the irresponsible use of power by any and all capitalist organisations.

    2. You’ve chosen a select few organisations which are extremely well known by the international market and tagged them as evil without affording them the dignity of listing the good they do in general society on top of supplying a market of willing buyers the opportunity to purchase their products out of their own free will – or is your issue that through marketing and effective strategy that they’ve taken advantage of people’s naivety?

    3. If you had a debilitating disease only Pharma interventions were able to treat/cure, would you refuse this aid.

    I’m not defending the organisations you’ve referred to, but think healthy discussion with all the facts is necessary here.

    Looking forward to your reply mate.

    Matty

    • John says:

      Thank you Matty. This is exactly the type of respectful and honest conversation I am hoping this blog post will spark! Please can as many people share how they feel! I had my turn first. Now the floor is yours. Thank you

  • John says:

    Wow Matty I love you. In the spirit of sparking debate here goes. I really appreciate you taking the time to think about this and ask these important questions.
    Yes, I have researched these extensively and would further suggest that everyone does for themselves but not on the corporate websites of the said. They say what they need to sell products. It’s called PR and Marketing.
    To answer quickly.

    1. It seems as though your issue is more pertaining to the irresponsible use of power by any and all capitalist organisations.
    – Yes that’s indeed part of it. Yes, please google executive compensation of the top multinational corporations including and most especially FMCG companies, and then work your way down to how these companies exist only by maximizing profits, only, and often to the benefit of a limited number of already privileged people. 5 people, Matty, own half the world’s assets.
    2. You’ve chosen a select few organisations which are extremely well known by the international market and tagged them as evil without affording them the dignity of listing the good they do in general society on top of supplying a market of willing buyers the opportunity to purchase their products out of their own free will – or is your issue that through marketing and effective strategy that they’ve taken advantage of people’s naivety?
    – I won’t afford them the dignity because they are responsible for the greatest health crisis in the world, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, environmental destruction etc.. And they have tons of paid reps out there defending accusations already, while their executive compensation packages are enormous.
    3. If you had a debilitating disease only Pharma interventions were able to treat/cure, would you refuse this aid.
    – No, I absolutely would not, and anyone who is suffering from a disease and has not had any success with other treatments, should avail themselves of the value of R&D, however in saying that, please research the compensation of these companies, the mark up of their goods, the fact that the first few leading causes of death in the most developed nation in the world is a result of prescription medication, and then reflect upon the connection between the invention of life saving medications and the consequences of enormous profits, abuse, lack of access by vulnerable groups, exorbitant costs, etc., etc,.

  • hi my friends. thanks for this. it’s amazing. i get you both. I can no longer accept that the the cursory (that’s not the right word) actions these corporations make in order to appear to offset their huge health and environmental impacts justifies in any way viewing their core activities in a favorable light. the amount of data available, in both written and documentary form now, on how these and other multinational companies operate take advantage of the vulnerabilities and ignorance of populations in general, while banking huge profits and paying huge compensation packages and underwriting or lobbying legislative changes that benefit them, is sustainable. In terms of animal agriculture in general and any company that relies on it for its products and services, it is now acknowledged to be the number one cause of the greenhouse gasses that cause global warming, and decreasing heath among populations globally. Now, just because it’s a case that intrigues me personally and is not a food or pharma related one, read about VW and the emission scandal. Watch the documentary on it. Contemplate the kind of ideology that would initially enable that, and try to make it go away, and in the end find a way to ‘legitimately’ not punish the executives behind it. This is just one very wee example of what happens when interests are at steak (that’s not a typo).

  • Jim Eshelman says:

    I vote Monsanto to top of list. I don’t have links to ref but have read many sources citing monopolistic seed policies in many nations, plus they continue denials of glyphosate as disturbing all kinds of life without providing any real data or transparency.

    I don’t see evil per se but a market needing stronger oversight. (way stronger).

    Keep it up, guy!

  • James Bassingthwaighte says:

    This is not “insightful debate”. It’s using the horror-filled deaths of 6 million Jews to sensationalize a gripe you have, as I understand it, with corporate greed.

    Please consider the deep offense that many of your Jewish friends/colleagues/fans will feel at this flippant comparison.

    • John says:

      Thanks James, really means a lot to me.

      I am more than happy to express my condolences and compassion and true sorrow to those members of the Jewish community who lost loved ones during that period in history when the government of Nazi Germany targeted people for various discriminatory practices, i.e., holocaust, as well as to those 45% of the holocaust victims who were non-jews – Soviet Slaves, Ethnic Poles, Soviet POWs and on and on, and as well to those of the 60 million total deaths of WW2 whose families still feel the loss and perhaps the suffering, and as well to the 3.4 million Native Americans who were killed brutally in the 20 years of that holocaust, and to all those victims of all holocausts and genocides in history and to those victims now, women, men, children, who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety and on and on due to the daily holocaust of victims, as many as 400,000,000 living beings every day, but I do not apologize to those companies whose revenues streams come from the number one cause of the greenhouse gasses that cause global warming and the major illnesses of the world.

      To all of you victims of violence and discrimination, of any race, gender, nationality, sexual preference, color, style, age disability, any one anywhere who’s suffering, it’s time to make it stop.

    • Tarryn Munro says:

      Totally agree with Monsanto to the top. These listed are horrendous, but after watching “Food Inc.” a couple (many, many) times, and doing a bit a of research myself, it is absolutely shocking!
      At the point Monsanto didn’t have a huge stake in SA, but slowly taking over like a cancer… Pun intended.

      Then;
      Steers “Or by trying to extend a hand and find a way to work together towards something better? Like buying their vegan burgers… It’s a tough one.”
      Buying vegan burgers that have Monsanto’s hand in it? They are capitalists, so they have taken over. Most vegan ingredients, have been grown or produced under Monsanto’s thumb.
      Its a kind of “no win” situation, I’m not saying we shouldn’t, at the very least, try.

      I’m sure all of us, could go on and on, there’s definitely more to be said, and more links to make, connections to identify.

      BUT before I go, I do have a small bone to pick with you Bodhi (cute nickname – didn’t know it before); in the spirit Gender Equality (hot topic)
      “Is it acceptable to “make a good honest living” even if it means working for one of these companies? If you are providing for your family is that all that matters? A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, right?”. Uhhhh… And the girl’s?
      I know the original saying is ” man”, and I know you are definitely not a patriarch, much the same as I am not a feminist. Gender Egalitarian / Equalitarian.

      Thank you for the article.
      Interesting documentaries, with incredible reference and sources, of course, filmed in and about the US. But, the US corporates / franchising has entered SA, so worth a watch;
      – Food Inc
      – Sicko

      Thanks Bodhi

    • Tarryn Munro says:

      My replies seem to have gotten mixed up.

      Reply about Monsanto is under Jim Eshelman.

      This reply about Jewish offense.

      While I am not Jewish, my grandparents were part of WW2, am I insulted or offended by the reference Bodhi has made? No. Because this is our CURRENT reality, where we can do something still.
      I have also spoken to some of my Jewish friends and asked them how they TRULY feel about Bodhi’s article. None, NONE were at all offended at Bodhi’s reference to Hitler.
      Most people’s lives were affected by WW2. I watched my gran tell stories of her experience’s, and the tears stream down her cheeks. Her voice crack, pause to find her voice again.
      I’d heard my grandmother’s experiences many times, and each time it was a fresh wound.
      Same with my grandfather, whose memory got worse due to his diabetes. But the war, he remembered with absolute clarity.

      The original targets were Jews, yes, but they were not the only… They do not hold the monopoly on WW2, and John certainly has not been offensive in any way.

  • Marty Poole says:

    Cross posted from FB at John’s request.
    Where I side with John is that the aggregate harm to cows and environment and employees at the altar of jobs is unacceptable.
    Lot-fed, antibiotic-filled, lorry-crammed, and fed farmed (GM for higher yield, drainage into water systems) veggies & grains plus the bycatch slurry from trawling the oceans. Then, to top it off, when McD tried to help their staff with budgeting to ‘make ends meet’ aka dignity, they slipped in a second job with income for each emolyee in the budget! Jobs? Um, ok. Yet profit & deforestation are concomitant.

    The calculus of X is more evil does not make the evil of McD zero, nor more acceptable, nor John a hypocrite. Given that the calculus is faulty, that makes the claim or question that X ?> Y in the evil domain intractable and in itself unhelpful.

    Where the question is useful is where we are forced to bring the entire death tally and global conditions of WW2 (on the Hitler side) and compare it to the death tally and conditions of industrialised farming of domestic animals (on the corporate side). Whenever I’m tempted to wave a dismissive hands and claim People deserve automatically more dignity and peace than Cows, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, which in turn deserve more than Fish, which in turn worth more than vegetables, I imagine a physically superior alien species colonising Earth (incidentally, like we’re about to do to Mars) and putting us People all in industrial farming conditions because e.g. our flesh is tasty with Chianti or, say, our blood heals some affliction their actions have caused, or our retinas make their trance parties radder. We’d wail and gnash and bleat and shit in our shoes crying out to the heavens, but we’d really only be experiencing the logical projection of the same hierarchy we feel entitled to uphold right now.
    We are not treating Others as we would wish to be treated.

    So is his post divisive? Yes.
    Should it be? Yes, because munching McD rapaciously and offsetting McD’s harm against the ledger of jobs because it’s convenient & superficially tasty gets you, as John discovered, sick.
    Do I care whether X is more evil than Hitler? No, but now I’m forced to confront what set if ideas would provoke John to assert X is anywhere nearly evil. Interesting process.

    Do I believe the first McD store had bovine holocaust, deforestation & tainted water with GMOs and 100k+ underpaid humans flogging addictive cancer & diabetes as its endgame? Hell no!

    Does that undo the facts? No, neither.

    So. Where does that leave us? Eat it, if you want. But don’t pretend that ignoring the painchain underpinning it has no complicity in inter alia erectile dysfunction & climate change.

    Rather think of John as that white guy during apartheid who said, hey, what if we treated others as we’d like to be treated?

    On the other hand, where I don’t have John’s conviction is that I still eat meat, and more frequently dairy. That makes *me* a hypocrite, complicit in the painchain. But I do try to accept and try minimize the harm my existence implies. All things die. And life needs life to sustain it. So pain and suffering are inescapable and natural, *in the balance*. But let’s make sure we don’t have one class of souls that pay the pain and suffering debt solely so that we can all blunder forth with high-minded defenses and the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. It’s in our name. John’s learned that EVEN IF you close your mind to the pain implied in the painchain (i.e. maintain willful ignorance or overlook the data), you STILL bring that harm into your body, environment and legacy.

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