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Jah Kable

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Why is it OK for corporations to outsource work to countries that violate the corporation's home country labor laws?

Prime Example: Nike and Apple. Paying about 15 bucks a day to KIDS in other countries making their products so they can sell them for a major mark up everywhere. Now If they can make these products for a total of like 5 bucks, why do we pay 100-500 bucks for these things? This just seems greedy to me And seems like it could be a legitimate reason for the recession. GRRRR this is frustrating. They are hoarding so much money they couldn't possibly spend it. Letting this happen is madness. Yet not doing or saying anything is the standard "accepted" action. Like a friend told me "We don't need a revolution because that implies returning to a broken point in the cycle, We need an evolution." Yeah he blew my mind too. :D Keep it clean and friendly everyone. Looking forward to your ideas. Lets get this some traction and change the world.


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  • Jul 29 2013: We have to set up certain conditions to be able to answer the question.

    Given the relative economic expression of value, is the payment given in country A proportional to that of the payment that would be given in country B? That is to say, is an individual able to acquire the same standard of living within a comparable infrastructure, irrespective of numerical value.

    Assuming that the pay in Country B can enable at the very least clean, healthy standard of living , as an example., are both able to pay for the same living conditions, be able to have the same percentage of disposable income and pay a approximate equal percentage in tax.

    Other questions I think that come from this are;
    Although there is a compatible standard of living available to the employes, is this principally to take advantage of lower labour costs? Is this economically ethical?
    Given the distance resources subsequently need to be transported, is this environmentally ethical?
    Does this maintain/create change in the host economic climate? Is that beneficial in terms of long term prosperity and standard of living for the host country?

    With Genuine Interest


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