- THIS is why they hate us
- June 27, 2013 - 10:12
It is the height naivety to assume that with enough corporations exploiting their cheap labour, virtually non-existent labour, safety, and environmental laws, that the Bangladeshi people, and presumably people of all "developing nations" will one day rise to our level of consumption. Even if it were sustainable, it is even more naive to believe that these corporations, their governments, and our governments would allow the workers to build effective unions to challenge the powerful capitalist interests at home and abroad. Countries that do that get "visits" from Uncle Sam. These countries are useful to us only insofar that they provide virtual slave labour. But what is most appalling about your suggestion is the assumption that unfettered international capitalism will provide for all. Not even its most ardent supporters actually believe that. The same argument was used that by abolishing slavery, everyone would suffer as slavery did offer slaves food and shelter, not unlike the Bangladeshi workers. How would you feel, Keith, if your family had to struggle in filthy, dangerous working conditions for 12 hours a day for a few dollars a week to provide cheap clothing, or Disney figurines for children overseas whose bedroom alone is twice the size of your family's apartment? We are only where we are by luck of the draw. And we are the biggest leeches on the world. It's not something to celebrate.
- July 04, 2013 - 11:35
I do not have to assume that unfettered international capitalism will provide for all. There is two hundred years of proof available in any decent history of global economics. And I reiterate, furthermore: there is no choice here. Economics is the determinant. All we have to do is decide whether to see it through or do nothing.