Originally Posted by fulldecent
>> But we, as consumers are also at fault, since we voraciously consume these products, which in turn makes them feel justified in these practices in order to sate our appetites and their own slave labour subsidized pockets.
As consumers, our job is to consume products that give us the best value. Luckily, most consumers do not specifically value products that have the same national origin as themselves, and thus globalism works.
Now, economics is a science of big picture thinking. So we need to ask: are those employees better off than they were without those jobs? Since those jobs are optional (and aren't subsidized by the public), we can say yes.
Win-win-win for all people involved.
Though none of us know the entire story of what has occurred in this situation (Though i am attempting to learn out through a friend with ties to China and Taiwan....) what you have stated is debatable, as it has already been in this thread alone.
Granted, it could be stated their plight is no different than ours in a western nation, it can also be argued with nothing and no one standing for their rights, not just as workers, but as human beings, we cannot compare the two as the twain shall not meet.
From what I understand, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, etc, can only be compared to both England and the United States during our own industrial revolutions, and we should all know through history that period is the godfather of the source for our current labour rights.