Will Wall Street Go After Ice Cream?

Ben and Jerry try to turn things right side up by bucking the system. If they make a profit, the fascists will come running! Ice cream probably isn’t healthy, but neither is anything I eat nowadays. This will be interesting!

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  1. #1 by brewski on December 29, 2011 - 6:14 am

    In April 2000, Ben & Jerry’s sold the company to British-Dutch multinational food giant Unilever. Unilever’s annual sales are more than $50,000,000,000.00. So Ben and Jerry’s is just a one brand property in the corporate holdings of a foreign multinational.

    So much for bucking the system. They ARE the system.

  2. #2 by Ronald D. Hunt on December 29, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    Actually their is a good sized group of large corps and billionaires that are upset at the CU ruling.

    Generally falling into the area of enlightened self interest. Not to be confused with anything greater then that. Ben and Jerry’s and their corporate parent benefit from a middle class that is able to afford purchasing their products. Their good margin profits coming from mid tier and high end retail food products, remarket store brands and white label products are low margin.

    Put simply they likely see the situation from the perspective that the lose in sales potential is not made up from the lower tax and labor rates. And their is a sizable group of corporations and rich people who see campaign contributions as being a parasytic relationship that continually gets more expensive every election cycle as they are forced to spend more and more to prevent becoming the target of future legislation. Google is kicking themselves for not buying senators sooner, more loopy copywrite laws could greatly hinder them for example.

    Truely the republican party is a ponzi scheme build on top of a protection racket. The cost of maintaining their “Big Lie” far exceeds the inflation rate.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on December 29, 2011 - 10:16 pm


    By CU, I guess you mean “citizens united”.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on December 29, 2011 - 10:38 pm


    I was uncomfortable about posting this because I have not trusted giant corporations that exploit young people since a was a youngster.

    Ben and Jerry have directly identified themselves with an American revolution and a worldwide revolution. The “kids” will reject anything that isn’t genuine because they’re not dumb.

    Did you consider that cows don’t die when they’re milked and people don’t die from eating ice cream unless they’re idiots.

  5. #5 by brewski on December 30, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    Ben and Jerry may have started out that way, but they sold out like all Boomers a long time ago. They stopped their CEO to lowest paid worker ratio policy in 1995, the falsely labeled some products as “natural” when they included artificial chemicals, and then they sell out to a multi-billion multinational foreign corporation. So what is left is just marketing to suckers who still believe their schtick. Sorry to be the one to break it to you.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on December 30, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    brewski, brewski:

    So your argument is that Ben & Jerry are Hitler?

  7. #7 by brewski on December 30, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    I didn’t say Hitler. Just sellouts. Sort of like when Dylan went electric and the Stones did disco.

  8. #8 by cav on December 31, 2011 - 1:41 am

    I guess my quibble is with the phrase; …sold out like all Boomers…but in the spirit of knowing you’re full of… er,..Christmas turkey…there’s not a lot more to say.

  9. #9 by Frank Stearch on December 31, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Ben and Jerry are a couple of Hippy Jews who were into making money..and they did it the American way..by selling, selling, then selling out..

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