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  •  I love how he (7+ / 0-)

    connected the ability of a free society making free choices.

    But despite Bangladesh's democratic elections, it struggles with military control, disproportionate control of money in the hands of a few and a growing underclass that is unable to care for its children.

    It was very disappointing to me to read his piece.  Safety of workers and safety for communities (i.e., building code) are important aspects of a free society because they are part of the choices that citizens make to have communities and workplaces that are safe. These aren't choices that Bangladeshis seem to be able to make.

    •  Tying to remember, a labor activist was murdered. (5+ / 0-)

      There was a labor activist, I think his last name was Islam, who was murdered some time last year, a few months before the big sweatshop fire.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:56:28 AM PDT

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      •  see link in comment below... (7+ / 0-)
        Labor unions are almost nonexistent, and a labor organizer, Aminul Islam, was tortured and murdered last year. The case remains unsolved

        WE NEVER FORGET Modestino Valentino who lost his life in the Paterson Silk Strike

        by JayRaye on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:59:54 AM PDT

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      •  But WE have choices. (4+ / 0-)

        We could choose, as a nation, to ban imports from Bangladesh until they cleaned up their worker protections.  Because "free trade" is not free, when the profits slide inexorably towards those with the lowest standards, driving individuals, corporations, and nations which demand human rights and dignity into ruin.

        We could, but we won't.  Because we are controlled by those who profit from others' misery and death, and we allow them to control us in the name of "freedom".  Is freedom to die in a dirty hovel from poisons negligently dumped by those who make a profit from destruction the same as freedom to live in dignity?  Is freedom for a few to amass wealth beyond measure the same as freedom for ordinary people to live decent lives without fear of brutality or starvation?  Is my freedom to swing my arm, dump my trash, or blast my music around so loudly that no one else can think more important than the freedom of others not to get a fist in the face, poison in their water supply, and sufficient peace and quiet to relax?  Americans need to re-consider their ideas about "freedom".

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