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  •  Every developing country goes through this (1+ / 0-)
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    And this is a fight they have to fight themselves. There isn't a whole lot we can do for them in America. It's really no different than the middle east uprisings. They have to be to the point where they're going to demand better wages or else. If, by some miracle, we were to stop buying their products (that's pretty much impossible at this point, though), it wouldn't really do anything to improve conditions for Chinese workers. Foxconn will just employ less people in that pressure cooker. Those people not working at Foxconn will probably end up with no jobs or at a place just as shitty.

    The Chinese have to demand fair wages and workers rights themselves. Every developing nation does, because God knows there's no such thing as a naturally benevolent company. This is like teething. We went through it in America, and there are signs that such a revolution is coming in China soon, too.

    We can sit and point and say "look at how awful this is!", but what is the point? About the only thing we can maybe do is keep saying, "look at how (relatively) great things are in the USA and Europe. You can have this too, Chinese workers – just demand it".

    My style is impetuous.
    My defense is impregnable.

    by samfish on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:05:15 PM PST

    •  Don't buy the product... (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't. I haven't bought many new electronics in my lifetime. I try to buy used when possible, and it usually is possible. Boycott the product. Do you really need that new I phone?

      •  Bingo! (1+ / 0-)
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        I have never bought or used an Apple product of any kind for any purpose at any time ever, and I doubt that I ever will. Apple is irrelevant to my life.

        "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

        by Ivan on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 12:45:25 AM PST

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