Monday, November 12, 2012

Third-World America?

Where is employment in America heading? Ask yourself what developments like these mean:

Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks
New reports that Taiwanese transnational manufacturing corporation Foxconn may be opening up some plants in the United States indicate that our nation has now entered the terminal fourth stage of "third-worldization" or what may be better referred to simply as "recolonization."

In case you don't know, Foxconn is China's largest private employer and is responsible for making many of those parts that go into your Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

While Steve Jobs may have been a visionary when it came to technological design, he wasn't a fan of labor unions - or American workers in general - so he outsourced most of his corporation's manufacturing to Foxconn, which was notorious for its low-wage labor.

Foxconn workers live in over-crowded dorms that are located on the factory grounds. They work 12-hour shifts, and are routinely exposed to dangerous working conditions. Recently, 137 Foxconn workers fell ill after they were forced to use toxic chemicals to clean iPads. And in the last five years, 17 Foxconn workers have committed suicide on the job. Nets have since been installed around the factory to catch workers jumping out of windows.

So why the heck would Foxconn look beyond their Libertarian paradise of no labor laws to come to the United States and employ a bunch of Americans? More here.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

The deconstruction of the American middle-class continues. Ross Perot was right on the money, and as Mr. Hartmann emphasizes, nobody listened. Well, the powerful and the elite knew. They knew very well. But the ignorant citizenry...they didn't have a clue.

Still don't.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

And the elites' manservants in both major political parties enabled it and actively worked for it. People better wake the fuck up, and fast.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Wake up?

America set the alarm for half past stupid.
Right now it's only ten after.

We needs R beauty rest!

8:30 AM  

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