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And I don't buy this line of reasoning. First, if you globalize your jobs so that rural peasants in China can move into factories to work 12 hour days, like pre-union westerner workers did, then obviously some of the factory jobs are going to move to China. Second, if you eviscerate your labor unions, and forget the idea of international worker coordination, then obviously the factory owners in China are going to do the same thing the western factory owners did in the department of workers' rights. Third, if you consciously skew your tax and wage system to take from your own working class and give to the wealthy, then obviously the working class is going to be poorer. Etc.

It seems to me that globalization would naturally have disrupted western commerce by rebalancing the economic flow between nations, with damage to some components and improvement to others, but we haven't done ourselves any big favors as far as making things the best they could be within such disruption, either.

by asdf on Sat Oct 26th, 2019 at 02:54:12 AM EST

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