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Old 03-30-2009, 10:50 PM
Mari Dupont Mari Dupont is offline
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Default Re: G-20 or Die Trying

Actually there IS a moral argument to be made for sweatshops (Paul Krugman wrote a good essay about this on Slate) as they allow very poor countries like Indonesia to break into world markets. Once these countries become richer, wages do increase. Sweatshops are "bad", but the life of a peasant with no work prospects at all is beyond miserable. Keep in mind that if a multi national company is forced to pay a higher wage, they'll simply move to a more developed country, such as Mexico, that has better infrastructure, roads, access to equipment etc. So unless you'd rather have the poorest of the poor starve to death rather than make cheap T-shirts, you'll view sweatshops as a necessary but temporary evil.
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