It’s something that Americans and Europeans in particular take for granted every minute of every day of their lives…
Convenience is king and nothing embodies the consumer’s ability to procure cheap retail goods than the Chinese export model. Yes, much has been made of the slave labour aspect of the Chinese manufacturing machine, but what politicians and media fail to ever mention is that US and European corporation and their complicit politicians were all too happy to off-shore all of their manufacturing activities to countries like China and India – in order to achieve a better bottom line for their shareholders, and to create a gobal system of interdependence whereby the overall economy could be lowered in the west.
3-D printers are still in their infancy, but they threaten corporate hegemony down the road, and rather predictably, US authorities have been quick to demonise 3-D printing on the basis of one’s ability to make a gun or extended magazine with this liberating new technology. What authorities are really doing is shutting down the individual’s right to be free of the corporate cartel…
It’s easy to produce cheap goods when you don’t have to pay your workers anything…
If you saw this morning’s video, you might be asking yourself these questions:
1. What’s the difference between this and the American system (except that the US has a higher percentage of its citizens in jail than China)?
2. If the fact of prison labor in China is a “state secret”, what do you call the status of prison labor in the US? It’s hardly common knowledge that prison labor in the US is a common practice.
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