December 5, 2004

Questioning Child Protesters

From a protest of WM in Lynn, MA:

"Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world. It uses globalization in a negative way. It employs workers all over the world and exploits them by giving them extremely low wages," said Raphy Kasobel, a 10-year-old student at the Workmen's Circle Shule, a Jewish Sunday school in Brookline. "Wal-Mart makes great profits at the expense of others."
For some reason, the journalist didn't dare ask her:

1) why so many of those exploited workers all over the world want to work for WM, and find that almost all Walmart suppliers have far better working conditions than any employer based in their own country. [Hint: Why don't they just stay in the rice fields and be happy peasants?]

2) whose fault it is that some people are so poor that they are willing to work in sweatshops. [Hint: Which failed political philosophy governed China for 50 years?].

3) why she doesn't insist that the federal government take away those nasty profits, and give them to the exploited non-American workers. [Hint: Just how would this benefit American union members?]

4) why she doesn't want the shareholders of WM to be forced to transfer ownership to the workers? [Hint: Would it be too obvious that this is just socialism?]

Posted by Kevin on December, 5 2004 at 04:15 PM