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23 Jan
The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 97 15:48:16 -0800
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Subject: The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention

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From: Toronto Globe and Mail 18 Dec 96

U.S. research has discovered that no two nations with McDonald's restaurants
have ever gone to war. "This is no small achievement," adds The Sunday
Telegraph. Last week, Belarus and Tahiti saw McDonald's restaurants open,
bringing the tally to 101 countries.  The so-called Golden Arches Theory of
Conflict Prevention, conceived by Thomas Friedman in The New York Times,
holds that countries can only support a McDonald's when they have reached
a sufficient level of economic prosperity and political stability to make
war unattractive to its people.

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