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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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  • Aug 4 2013: Corporations (at least of the US kind that seem to be spreading everywhere like a wildfire) are culture- and nation-neutral superficial creations. Just dial some history of Byzantium (where war bonds issued by guilds/aka corporations were invented) to see for yourself. Or West Dutch India Company. Or British Indies.

    Shareholders seem to be the major evil, but not only them. It is a complex combination of greed, irresponsibility and ignorance that makes them dangerous not to all, but to themselves as well. Many a corporations folded exactly because they failed to reflect on their past and took steps to align their actions with their surroundings/environment. Essentially, corporations are the modern equivalent of castles, complete with phony overlords, their goons and parasites that live off them. Names and titles are unimportant, actions speak for themselves.

    Is there a better way? Many ways, in fact. First, corporations that lost their self-control should be reined in and shown their proper spot in the society at large - they are part of the foundation of the society and nothing more. Second, ungodly alliance government/corporations should be properly split into profit (corporations) and non-profit (government), just like church has been divorced from the government during the early stages of the US history. Third, society should start working on its asabya, solidarity, which should encompass all the classes regardless of the power they wield. Common goals will mean solid society. Both people and organizations, not only organizations and then maybe some people if organizations allow so.

    But of course, nothing of this will happen any time soon. Given the circumstances, we should consider ourselves lucky if corporations don't force a major world war between classes. Classes, not merely countries. Class war is what they create and like to see going on forever. Shades are unimportant, it could be oil war, could be gold war, could be slavery war, etc.

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