Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 11:45 UTC
In the News Now this is a subject I've been tiptoeing around for a while now, not entirely sure what to do with it: the suicides at Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. Instead of acting all morally smug and superior from my comfortable rural home in one of the richest countries in the world, I want to talk about two things journalists and bloggers should really stop focusing on when writing about this story: Apple, and the suicides. Wait, what?
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The fact is that, one can't simply vote with his own wallet. It is simply impossible; people do not know very much about what is good or bad and they will most often just buy what's cheaper. You do not notice a "bad" something unless you had a "good" something.

And for that reason, voting with my wallet would first, leave me with my wallet entirely full, and them leave me without any computer, TV or cellphone. While you can live very well without those, they are an important part of society nowadays and it's just better to have them even if you aren't going to use them. Not considering that here to access something services of the state, you need to have the Internet (yes, you heard that well).

That's why governments should put taxes on imported things. Once you do that, that Chinese stuff won't be cheaper anymore and will be driven out of the market. It is a forced thing, yes, but it's for the good of society. Otherwise KYE-like sweatshops which make your motherboards and mouses by hand (and not with machines, so you can wonder what precision a tired and badly-treated employee can have) will always flourish.

Government intervention is not bad when it's done right, and this will bring many jobs and a lot of skills, which aid much in developing a leadership (isn't this what a certain country always says to have but does nothing to keep it?).

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