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07 June 2011

Sweatshops Are Just a Stepping Stone

I lived in Ecuador for a couple of years and upon my return to the States I was always amazed at how people would say things like: "They only pay $2/day in sweatshops in Thailand!" Well, yeah. $2/day is much better than the alternative. Ben Powell explains why:

It takes time for countries to create conditions that we are used to here in the US. That's okay. People 100 years from now are going to wonder how we could stand to live in these conditions today. What with no self-regenerating limbs, summer trips to the moon to relax, cybernetic implants that enhance physical performance. Of course, they still won't have the flying cars that we've been promised for the last 50 years.

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