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  •  Actually they should have (0+ / 0-)

    Personally, I'm against all outsourcing of our jobs to the 3rd world to exploit workers at low wages.  But then the question comes up, where would those workers be working if it wasn't at a sweatshop?  It would have to be somewhere, right?

    So if the American factory had never been outsourced in the first place, and those textile jobs had never moved to Bangladesh, the workers would have been somewhere else.  That's where they should have been yesterday.

    Is it the duty of the American consumer to buy from Bangladesh sweatshops to provide these jobs, or not?  I say not.

    •  The answer is (1+ / 0-)
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      Eileen B

      that they probably wouldn't be working at all.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:55:50 AM PDT

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      •  how did they get along for the thousands of yrs (4+ / 0-)

        before walmart?

        •  How? Better. Much, much better. (4+ / 0-)
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          Norm in Chicago, aaraujo, Siri, Ralphdog

          Just like all of humanity got along better without a few hundred billionaires and corporations hoarding all the money.  

          It's way past time for a massive off the grid meets Freecycle movement. There's enough merchandise on the planet already, there's little need to make more crap to fill the bank accounts of corporations. Share, repair, and simplify.

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          by Eileen B on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42:20 PM PDT

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        •  Starving, mostly (1+ / 0-)
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          Subsistence farming, which becomes increasingly untenable in one of the world's most densely populated countries.

          It's not like Bangladesh was some sort of paradise before the sweatshops came. The sweatshops actually gave people who were unemployed a job. The big problem is that the customers of the sweatshops - big multinational retailers - are not insuring that their sub-contractors are observing even the most basic health and safety concerns of the workers.

          Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

          by milkbone on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:31:49 PM PDT

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          •  not all starving (0+ / 0-)

            managed subsistence farming can support large populations

          •  That's simply false. (1+ / 0-)
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            The destitute citizens of third world nations like Bangladesh are the very intentional victims of Western 'Neo-Liberal' economic colonialism- policies carefully crafted to destroy the viability and sustainability of native agriculture for the benefit of factory farming in wealthy nations like the U.S. and France.

            The horrific sweatshop conditions in Bangladeshi factories are likewise not the unintentional and unfortunate result of benign neglect or lack of oversight by Mal-Wart™. Instead, they are the intended outcome of an economic order that demands nations like Bangladesh drop any tariffs or other restrictions that might protect native industry, cracking open these vulnerable threadbare economies to the tender mercies of predatory corporations. Corporations that buy and sell local politicians.

            It's not the result of some natural law. It's predatory corporate capitalism, pure and simple.

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