Originally Posted by island hermit
No... if you are protesting at Apple and still buying anything at Walmart or any number of other goods made in China then you are a hypocrite.
Yes. Just as protesting slavery while eating/wearing products produced by slaves would be hypocritical. Clearly the answer is that slavery NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROTESTED, since it would have meant starvation, right genius?
To give Apple a "pass" on human rights violations because everyone that is offended by it (read: people possessed of the slightest
decency) don't immediately cast off all products produced within the paradigm of capitalism and live wild and free like the wolves is ridiculous.
If you want to bury your head in the sand and argue that children in China don't deserve our concern on the grounds that they are chinese, fine.
There are A LOT of people who don't view the world through the nationalistic, ethnocentric, and xenophobic filters that color your meagre moral canvas.
Passing an imaginary national border, to those of us not steeped in the ideologies of a half-witted tribalist dogma, is not at all tantamount to entering into a realm of psuedo-existence where ethical judgments are put on standby until the goods are safely transported back to "reality." As far as I am concerned Alabama and Hong Kong are equally incomprehensible, but the fact that I can't place myself in those contexts doesn't by any means make me eager to apply toto caelo
opposed ethical standards to the existence of "Unknown Humans X" and "Unknown Humans Y."
This thread is, by and large, an exhibition of the perverse and pathetic lowliness of the standard 150-200 lbs sack of American refuse. Still, despite your profound unloveliness, I would still contend that you should be given a chance to express your existence with dignity and freedom; whether you choose to do so is another matter.