Fact Catches Up With Fiction
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) allows companies to sue states that threaten “expected future profit”. Now, once you introduce the principle of a right to expected future profits, the logical next step is to enshrine that right in statute law. After that, companies would be able to sue individuals who threatened their future profits, starting with Ralph Nader types and anyone who dissed them on the Internet. (Goodbye, TripAdvisor.) Come to think of it, merely refusing to buy their products threatens expected future profits. Ergo, Zuckerberg can sue me for refusing to be on Facebook, as I am taking money right out of his mouth! In the Golden Age of SF, there were stories about sumptuary laws that mandated a certain level of purchasing. We failed to take them seriously enough as prophecy.
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