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Old 01-26-2012, 06:49 AM
sugarkang sugarkang is offline
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Default Re: NYT: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

Originally Posted by look View Post
sk, handle, as I mentioned above I'm glad the Chinese workers are making money, and I appreciate the unstoppable trend toward globalism. I'm just wondering if Apple could be considered robber barons, and if the Chinese workers should get a bigger cut of the profits.
Should questions are moral/value judgments. I'm sure if you saw their living conditions you'd feel sorry for them. The question is what's their alternative? Like Milton Friedman says, a nation develops through marginal improvements with each generation laying the infrastructure and knowledge for the next. Their current shitty jobs are slightly better than their even shittier alternative.

Don't worry. Soon enough, the sweat shop jobs will move to Indonesia and Vietnam because the Chinese are getting too expensive. Then a whole new set of people will be "exploited," which is to say, they won't be. Meanwhile, we get cheap iPads. Oh wait. They're fucking expensive.
The mixing of populations lowers the cost of being unusual.
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