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  •  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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        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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