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.

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 07:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!, The Age Of Enron-cence

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  1. Written by Ghost In the Machine
    on December 5, 2015 at 01:09
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    It’s a brave new world.
    And, yes, anyone who dares challenge the New World Order (sic) has to be very brave, indeed.

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