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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 9 2013: This is a great and complex question. It ties to economic theory and application as well as business ethics and morality. Businesses exist for the purpose of profit. If not for that purpose (though not this purpose alone), most businesses would not exist. People tend to demonize executives in businesses as greedy thieves that steal from the poor to enrich themselves. But they too, are people. On a day to day basis, these people are asked by the owners of their companies (now in corporations, shareholders are typically nameless, large groups of people) to build their product cheaper and to sell more of it to maximize profits for the owners of the company. On the face of it, if someone asked you the quesiton, which of the following options would you choose:
    A) pay $6 for a widget
    B) pay $5 for the same widget

    Most people would choose B. I personally believe that businesses (people) have an obligation to understand that those are not your only 2 options. And just as importantly, that isn't enough information to know which of the 2 you should pick. It is easy to look at the question and just choose B, but until we hold people accountable for understanding the ramifications of that choice, there will not be major change. This does require a lot of work, though. And time spent understanding the options further is time not spent working on the next decision or widget.

    Understanding the differences between your choices and intentionally choosing the choice that is better for everyone is the high road that is rarely traveled, and we've never agreed that we would hold poeple legally accountable to.

    A book (or several) could be written on this topic and its undertones and implications. I do sincerely hope for positive conversation on this topic.

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