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Originally posted by gnosticquasar
Globalization is a bad thing, overall, I think. I fail to see how people who have survived for millennia with the same culture are poor. Like moving into a city slum is sooo much better.
Originally posted by stephinrazin
Globalization has allowed for a great deal of amazing, and at the same time terrible things to occur.
What does this have to do with me? Did you ever think how is it walmart is profitable? How can it cost five dollars for a pair of shoes that has been shipped by plane, train, and automobile all the way from China? It had to be shipped using how much fuel, coal, or other resource? How can this possible be profitable?
If you have to pay nothing, or next to nothing labor your profit margin looks pretty good.
If you buy an article of clothing, toy, electronic, or countless other goods think about it. Do I really need this? Do I need this toy knowing that it means a fellow human being suffered to make it? All that keeps the sweat shops going is the fact that the Western world buys stuff we do not need. Is having the newest I phone worth the fact that central African peasants had to mine for rare metals in unsafe conditions? Is a new set of shoes worth knowing a child had to work 16 hours at a machine instead of going to school?
It could all end tomorrow. All we have to do is stop buying stuff that will never make us happy in the first place.
"Today I resigned from the staff of the International Monetary Fund after over 12 years, and after 1000 days of official fund work in the field, hawking your medicine and your bag of tricks to governments and to peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. To me, resignation is a priceless liberation, for with it I have taken the first big step to that place where I may hope to wash my hands of what in my mind's eye is the blood of millions of poor and starving peoples. Mr. Camdessus, the blood is so much, you know, it runs in rivers. It dries up too; it cakes all over me; sometimes I feel that there is not enough soap in the whole world to cleanse me from the things that I did do in your name and in the name of your predecessors, and under your official seal. "
With those words, Davison Budhoo, a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for more than 12 years, publicly resigned in May, 1988.