Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:15 UTC, submitted by Michael
In the News In a muckraking article, suppliers to well-known computer manufacturers are accused of mistreating workers and violating Chinese labor law: "According to a Hong-Kong based human rights organization, working hours total up to 370 hours per month, workers aren't receiving the legal minimum wage and in the run-up to Christmas, days off are cut out entirely." One of the reasons that high tech hardware has become so widespread and useful is because it's so inexpensive. As this article demonstrates, this affordability can come at a price.
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How it really works
by h3rman on Wed 17th Dec 2008 21:36 UTC
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Some people say, “if we stop consuming the stuff they produce, they’ll be even worse off.”

That’s completely incorrect. That point of view originates in a total lack of understanding (quite understandable in itself, given the abysmal quality of economic education in the Western world) of the world economy as it works today.

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