quote:What about the people who are involved in this "Free Trade" scheme? You know the ones on the bottom. The 5,6 and 7 year olds who are making products for JC Penney, Macy's and Pier1 in India? Or what about the Asian girls who are making Nike shoes for about $10 a pair and they get sold around the world for $80 or more to you.
"Free Trade Globalist" will say that those Asian girls are far better off [i.e., "lifted out of poverty"] because prior to their 14-18 hours a day/7 days per week/no benefit/no safety rule/no environmental protection rule/get sick, get fired jobs, they were not even making the $10 a day. Never mind the fact that prior to the sweatshop, these 5, 6 and 7 year olds didn't need $10.00 a day, but now they do, because they lived primarily in a barter society where money was less important than agricultural time and skill.
See "Free-trade Globalist" mesure everything in terms of dollars flowing to the top ... culture, quality of life and economic casualties be damned.
I thought that we, as a people-a society, had progressed beyond the "economic ends being justified by any exploitive means", blind greed mentality.