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Originally posted by Souljah
I know whats a Gulag, no need for a History Lesson mister.
I just wonder if it's a-OK with you that Slavery is being used by AMERICAN Corporations in Iraq? They Hire these Workers to do the Dirty Work for them. If they were SO against it and thought its an evil slavery stalinistig gulag thing, then they would not hire them anyway. But for less then 2$ an hour - I guess they will do. Especially if they work in areas where NOBODY else wants to go.
Just Gotta love modern Capitalism.
Originally posted by jsobecky
You may know what a gulag is, but your reluctance to defend them speaks volumes about your philosophy. In other words, is it ok to enslave and murder when it is your Komrades doing it?
A key element of slavery is that it is forced. The US is not enslaving them, no matter what spin you put on it. These workers chose their path of their own free will. Free choice - another anathema to the Komrades, eh?
- Profits are the driving factor, not necessarily the way their workers are treated, or how society and the environment are affected.
- Corporations are often major violators of human rights.
- There is a deliberate lack of social clauses and regulations (to maximize profits)
- Large companies often use or lobby for conditions that result in manipulated international trade pacts and agreements, in order to maximize profits, via things such as cheap labor.
- This can also be seen in the form of sweat shops or child labor in the developing world to promote their products back in the West.
- Tax avoidance is thought to have enormous costs to the general public.
- Without the ability to form unions that would be able to give a voice to the workers, (which gives us a hint as to why major corporations and its mainstream media demonizes all unions so much) the future looks bleak. (As a Human Rights Watch report details, even the United States suffers from the denial of such rights.)
- Despite rhetoric of many corporations signing up to human rights related pacts and agreements, their lack of real commitment is still apparent
- Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations; only 49 are countries (based on a comparison of corporate sales and country GDPs).
- The Top 200 corporations' sales are growing at a faster rate than overall global economic activity. Between 1983 and 1999, their combined sales grew from the equivalent of 25.0 percent to 27.5 percent of World GDP.
- The Top 200 corporations' combined sales are bigger than the combined economies of all countries minus the biggest 10.
- The Top 200s' combined sales are 18 times the size of the combined annual income of the 1.2 billion people (24 percent of the total world population) living in "severe" poverty.
- While the sales of the Top 200 are the equivalent of 27.5 percent of world economic activity, they employ only 0.78 percent of the world's workforce.
- Between 1983 and 1999, the profits of the Top 200 firms grew 362.4 percent, while the number of people they employ grew by only 14.4 percent.
- A full 5 percent of the Top 200s' combined workforce is employed by Wal-Mart, a company notorious for union-busting and widespread use of part-time workers to avoid paying benefits. The discount retail giant is the top private employer in the world, with 1,140,000 workers, more than twice as many as No. 2, DaimlerChrysler, which employs 466,938.
- U.S. corporations dominate the Top 200, with 82 slots (41 percent of the total). Japanese firms are second, with only 41 slots.
- Of the U.S. corporations on the list, 44 did not pay the full standard 35 percent federal corporate tax rate during the period 1996-1998. Seven of the firms actually paid less than zero in federal income taxes in 1998 (because of rebates). These include: Texaco, Chevron, PepsiCo, Enron, Worldcom, McKesson and the world's biggest corporation - General Motors.
- Between 1983 and 1999, the share of total sales of the Top 200 made up by service sector corporations increased from 33.8 percent to 46.7 percent. Gains were particularly evident in financial services and telecommunications sectors, in which most countries have pursued deregulation.
Originally posted by Luxifero
Though I am an avid capitalist, I can't agree with this practice; it's poor economics and does not construe an affective work force in the long run, instead, we see a less productive and irate labour force which will only depreciate as the years slip by under such slaved conditions.