Schlosser conjures or claims a corporate conspiracy
around every corner to explain every wrong that he perceives.
Eric Schlossers bestselling diatribe against the fast food industry,
Fast Food Nation, is a monumental self-contradiction built on inconsistencies
and misleading statements reported as facts.
- Most fundamentally, Schlosser bemoans the homogenization of American culture
and alleges a decline of American individualism, and then advocates a fundamental
rejection of the individual freedom which allowed those traits to flourish
in favor of government mandated diversity.
- Make no mistake: Schlossers solution to the problems he alleges is
an unprecedented expansion of government bureaucracy and a monumental growth
of government regulation of what we choose to eat and drink.
- Schlosser even urges an outright government ban on advertising of certain
kinds of food. No freedom is more fundamental than the freedom of speech,
but Schlosser would gladly cast this right aside to achieve his vision of
- Schlosser conjures or claims a corporate conspiracy around every corner
to explain every wrong that he perceives. He implies or alleges conspiracies
between Disney and McDonalds, between poultry processors and meatpackers,
between government and big corporations.
- Schlosser praises the spirit which led entrepreneurs to build successful
companies and then spends most of his book attacking their successes.
- He also seeks to undermine their accomplishments by suggesting
in every single case that the government significantly aided their
- In just one example of a number of factual errors and misleading statements,
Schlosser faults fast food companies for supposedly trying to prevent hourly
employees from working more than 40 hours per week in order to avoid paying
overtime. Later, he praises labor unions. But he ignores the fact that unions
aiming to have companies hire more workers instead of working existing
employees longer have been the leading advocate for the 40 hour work
week and current overtime regulations designed to punish employers who work
employees more than 40 hours per week.
Schlossers Fast Food Nation raises provocative and important questions,
but we should all recognize that the best exercise for humanity is the exercise
of freedom of choice.
November 15, 2004