Bernie Sanders wants Nike to stop doing business in Vietnam. He recently accused Nike of
“exploiting low-wage workers”
Unfortunately, Sanders did not actually talk to any of those Vietnamese workers to get their opinion on this issue.
Fortunately, a guy named Johan Norberg did talk to Vietnamese workers who work in a Nike factory. He then wrote the following:
But when I talk to a young Vietnamese woman, Tsi-Chi, at the factory, it is not the wages she is most happy about. Sure, she makes five times more than she did, she earns more than her husband, and she can now afford to build an extension to her house. But the most important thing, she says, is that she doesn’t have to work outdoors on a farm any more… 10 to 14 hours a day in the burning sun or the intensive rain, in rice fields with water up to your ankles and insects in your face.
Bernie Sanders wants to reduce the income of Vietnamese women by 80%.
Bernie Sanders want to force Vietnamese women to work outside in the burning sun and intense rain, with water up to their ankles, and insects in their face.
Bernie Sanders wants Vietnamese women to earn less than their husbands.
Bernie Sanders wants to prevent Vietnamese women from being able to afford adequate housing.
And above all else, Bernie Sanders believes that Vietnamese women are too stupid to make their own decisions regarding employment, and he wants to make those decisions for them.
May 9, 2015. Tags: Bernie Sanders, equal pay, equal pay for equal work, Feminism, Gender equality, Living wage, Minimum wage, News, Nike, Politics, Progressive politics, Progressivism, Sexism, Socialism, Sweatshops, Vietnam, War against women, War on women. Economics, Sexism, Sweatshops. 1 comment.
Every country starts out poor. Ten thousand years ago, every country was poor. It’s only when a country adopts and maintains widespread economic growth over time that the country becomes rich. The emergence of sweatshops in a poor country is often a sign that that country has climbed onto the ladder of economic growth and upward mobility.
Until fairly recently, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea were poor, third world countries. It was only after they started climbing the ladder of economic growth that they became rich. Sweatshops played a big role in these countries change from being poor to being rich.
More recently, other countries have started having sweatshops. Critics of these sweatshops complain about the low wages and poor working conditions of these sweatshops. But these critics never compare the wages and working conditions of the sweatshops to what the workers had before the sweatshops opened.
I trust the average person to choose the job that is best for him. So if someone is working in a sweatshop, I believe that he is doing so because it is his best option, out of all of his real world options.
July 12, 2012. Tags: Activism, Anti-sweatshop movement, Child labor, Dollar a day, Economic growth, Global development, Nike, Politics, Poverty, Social justice, Sweatshops, Third world, Third world poverty. Economics, Politics, Sweatshops. 2 comments.