August 23, 2006

COKE: As American As Apple Pie?

Or rampant economic imperialism:
The attitude of the U.S. government seems to be that all nations should blindly accept U.S. products and policies -- everything from Coca-Cola to our own brand of corrupt Democracy -- without question. Those nations who question U.S. imperialism are branded as either terrorists or failed states who are, "harming their own people" by blocking the sale of products like Coca-Cola.

It's a massive distortion of reality, of course. Because in reality, these high-acid, high-sugar soft drinks actually harm people by promoting obesity and diabetes, along with bone density loss, blood sugar disorders and nutritional depletion. Both the Coca-Cola company and the U.S. government have long operated under the absurd illusion that carbonated sugar water drinks are, somehow, America's gift to the rest of the world. But that "gift" has actually given the world something far different: rampant obesity and diabetes that's now beginning to reflect the ever-worsening state of health in the U.S.

Not only is India right to ban Coca-Cola, but every nation would enhance the health of its people by doing the same.


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