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Slave Labour Makes Billionaires


keithisco

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So... we outsource western industry, either to Asia, Africa, or the old Eatern Bloc countries, they maintain effectively a serfdom with criminally low wages and this is what happens:

Courtesy BBC: Link to Article

New African billionaires arrive

Mr Dangote is both wealthy and politically powerful

Africa has two new billionaires on the block, both of whom are black.

But Africa's richest men, according to the Forbes rich list, remain two white South Africans who inherited their wealth.

They have now been joined by a Nigerian industrialist who seems to be in every industry going and a black South African mine magnate.

But with only four entries on the list Africa remains the continent with the fewest mega-rich citizens.

You need at least $1.3bn to get in, and there are currently 1062 on the list.

New entrant Aliko Dangote is Nigerian and has built a $3.3bn fortune from a loan from his uncle.

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"Behind every great fortune there is a great crime" (Honore de Balzac)

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Criminaly low wages ?

Under which jurisdiction ? That's a cultural value judgement; the author is imposing his/her culture's idea of criminality into a foreign environment.

Those 'low wages' may seem like a lot of money in some of these countries.

Meow Purr.

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Criminaly low wages ?

Under which jurisdiction ? That's a cultural value judgement; the author is imposing his/her culture's idea of criminality into a foreign environment.

Those 'low wages' may seem like a lot of money in some of these countries.

Meow Purr.

Yes it is!! Because those criminally low wages, does not lift the poor from poverty. Perhaps they can buy an extra cup of rice, or some protein, still doesnt make it right. And... dont give me the "cultural value judgment" argument because that is just a crutch used to support slave labour by our western nations.

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Yes it is!! Because those criminally low wages, does not lift the poor from poverty. Perhaps they can buy an extra cup of rice, or some protein, still doesnt make it right. And... dont give me the "cultural value judgment" argument because that is just a crutch used to support slave labour by our western nations.

Complaining about it really doesn't accomplish anything though. You want to change the way people do business you have to take action.

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Complaining about it really doesn't accomplish anything though. You want to change the way people do business you have to take action.

You can make more responsible choices about the crap you buy. Buy more expensive goods made in more reputable countries (or even...GASP! HERE in the US!) and take care of them and keep them longer. Stop buying into the false economy of purchasing cheap crap that you have to replace. Keep junk out of landfills, keep our money in more responsible places, and don't support companies or countries that treat workers poorly or that treat the environment poorly.

I would rather buy one 100 dollar watch and keep it for 10 years than buy a new 10 dollar watch made in china or some hole every year where they pollute the environment and treat their people like human refuse.

You can even look at reusing things, like buying some goods used or getting the most out of a single item. The mentality of consume, consume, consume and buy cheap, cheap, cheap hurts us all and hurts the planet, even though you think you are getting a bargain when you buy some plastic piece of garbage for a few dollars less, you really are doing yourself and the rest of the world, economy, and environment a disservice.

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