…ny — even one as powerful as Apple — could force its policies on the Chinese state is beyond naive. No, to my mind this matters because it creates a precedent for an approach to capitalism that puts profit before principle, regardless of externalities or long term consequence. And that should concern us all.
Maybe we should wonder if “democracy” under capitalism is not a fake conjecture that NEVER existed ever and anywhere. The constitution itself is a contradictory tool well adapted to the 18th and 19th centuries before the Civil War and the abolition of slavery to keep the control of the whole system in the hands of the white upper class. Has that changed? NO! But what is changing is that the whites are little by little not the majority of the voters anymore, at least the caucasian whites from Europe. But remember how the black vote was negated after Reconstruction, and think of how today the electoral district are manipulated to keep the white Caucasians in power.