The pinkertons do have an awful history and its something they have to live with- they also have a pretty awful present, if you've ever worked with their international physical site auditors. I have and they were hired by an employer for my direction, and were awful. I put aside the historical context I knew of the company because in fact I was hiring a totally different company in the 2010's.. and reached the same conclusion. Thuggish, awful translation, basically came off as a hired gun, when they were supposed to be craftspeople of gentle mutually agreed site security audits.
It's an awkward analogy because, whether you believe in caloric or sugar theories of the obesity epidemic, Coca-Cola is not a good guy either way. Quite a few people would say that yes, "Coca-Cola poisons mankind"...
If you can use it to clean the contacts and corrosion buildup on car battery terminals... My dad used to do that.
Fortunately, humans aren't made of metal so when you pour it into a stomach that's somewhere between 1.5 - 3.5 pH, not much happens. Except that suspended carbon dioxide is released and has to go somewhere.
That's an awkward way of saying that people belching is contributing to global warming!
Coke is carbon negative!!
That was their real power. They had national reach, good communications, and record keeping. Until the FBI got their act together in the 1940s, nobody else in the US did. Law enforcement was very local. Only a Pinkerton could order "so and is on a train to Chicago. Have him followed when he leaves the station."
By the 1960s, they were no longer really necessary, and mostly became a rent-a-cop service.
It looks like there are people who do remember them and the history.
A game where your mission is to kill for fun, fame and money ... and the problem is not the main concept, but NO SEXUAL CONTENT. And NO RACISM. (even though it was not racism. the haitians were just one of the other gangs you fought)
And here again, a game which is about murder in the first place (did not played it though) ... and someone (with an awful history) thinks he is missrepresented in a game that glorifies crime.
Something is very weird here.
What is this quote supposed to mean?
"you" refers to the Pinkertons obviously, but are they insinuating that clients without muscle would kill the muscle? or just stop using the company if they behave too ethical? he's justifying unethical behaviour ... by calling it highly ethical in a free market environment?!
Libertarians default to liberty, unless opted out of, that's my understanding at least.
If you strike, you do not work - you therefore break contract.
"libertarians default to liberty"
True. The liberty of individual. For example to make contracts - or to brake them. But the idea is, that society can only work if people do not break their contracts. Otherwise whats the point in them?
If the strike is over layoffs, wage cuts, unsafe work practices. They're all potential contract breaches.
If the other side breachs contract then, then strike is a very good way to fight that. Like work safe issues.
But layoffs for example ... are not really a breach of contract. (unless of course their contract was fir a longer time)
Libertarians aren't ideologically against strikes.
I was refering to the free market libertarians and with strike I meant the ordinary one, like the one in question. Workers strike to get a better deal. Better money mostly and or less hours. And this is a breach of contract, which the free market libertarians I know, would be against.
The leftwing anarchist libertarians I know on the other hand would be all for strike and workers seizing the factory for themself.
You're right there are many varieties of libertarian. My understanding is that they are at least united in their small government ethos. With that in mind they would be against the levers of the state that could protect workers rights, and so be more likely to support systems that put those levers in the hands of individuals.
Also lets look at the US, they have fairly weak employment rights, you can be sacked without reason (as I understand it). Going on strike in that situation is functionally equivalent to handing in your notice and demanding that your employer reemploys you under a new contract. You are hoping that your value to your employer is still greater than the costs, if not he can just sack you and re employ someone else.
In that situation there isn't a breach of contract. I suppose you could argue semantically that that isn't a strike, but strikes (should) operate within the laws in force at the time, so I don't have a problem with the method of labour withdrawal changing to stay within these constraints.
I think I saw two of them in one of Indiana Jones.
He’d be surprised.
Until this article, I had no idea the Pinkertons were a real outfit, or that they're still around! In the game, your character(s) are bandits, and portrayed that way from the very first hour of game play. The Pinkertons may seem aggressive, but the players characters are never portrayed as malevolent. It is a western after all. Client Eastwood might have done some nice and honorable things as The Man with No Name, but he was hardly a hero.
This would be different if it were a household name like Sears or General Electric or IBM; very old 100+ year companies. I wouldn't be surprised of some lawyers at Rockstar were like, "Fuck...they still exist? Really?" The article shows how they were in other fiction (Boardwalk Empire and Deadwood) and I honestly do not remember them being mentioned at all. They're not even that big in RedDead2 really; just one of the many many people who want to kill the protagonists.
Maybe they're just suing so people still remember they exist. No publicity is bad publicity right? Besides if they didn't defend their historic trademark in other fiction, they've got no case here. Without constant trademark defense, a trademark can turn into a common name or generic idea. Bikini is one example (once a trademark), although there are counter examples (Band-aid is still trademarked even though it's commonly used as generic, where the correct non-brand term is Bandage or adhesive bandage .. or plaster if you're an Aussie).
IMDB has a list that's far from comprehensive: https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword?keywords=pinkertons
But even partway into your first paragraph is a spoiler of the plot for me. It’s not the stuff about Pinkertons Its the storylines they’re giving away.
But I guess I digress.