Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Leftist article: Made in China, Reinvented Slave Trade


Karl Marx said that a political economic system of profit treats the manufactured labourer of that system “like a horse, he must receive enough to enable him to work. It does not consider him, during the time when he is not working, as a human being.” When we see the ubiquitous Made in China label on our goods, we should consider such a scene.

For the state monopoly capitalism Marx defined, authoritarian China enslaves workers, including women and children for menial wages and dozens of hours a day in confined, inhuman and often life threatening conditions, all in the name of socialism. The superficial and obedient consumerism of the West depends upon the third world slave wagery houses like those in China. Corporations outsource jobs as a matter of retained profit, in taking advantage of the desperate Chinese peasants working in conditions violating the Geneva Conventions. Namely of Article 51: “Workers shall be paid a fair wage and the work shall be proportionate to their physical and intellectual capacities.”

The concept of an affordable or lucrative product is entirely structured and fallacious. Buying goods in mass amounts is essentially based upon this reinvented slave trade. Slavery in the world exists far more than it ever has before. Apologists for monopolism may argue the “opportunities” or development giving to such people. As if it is somewhat consolable as a matter of occupation, or even simply because “that's how the economic system works.” They could have argued against abolitionism, claiming cotton pickers and house servants should have been grateful for their duties, with the shipping of indigious Africans for brutal subjugation justifiable based upon its profit. This is the intrinsic nature of what we stand against. May we emancipate and be emancipated!

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