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Mar 1, 2015 at 19:48
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Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Is it bad form to reply after a weekend of skiing and not being on the internet?
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 17:02
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
That very same link cites another study that puts the human population cap at 9 billion, but thats besides the point. With current agricultural techniques, we can easily sustain 10-15 billion people. Google "the population bomb" or "Simon–Ehrlich wager" and see that the Malthusian, end of the world, run out of food prediction has happened over and over again, and every time it has been proven wrong. The last 30 years has seen an unprecedented rise of the poor masses out of crushing hunger and poverty. There simply is no evidence that things are getting worse. All the evidence points in the opposite direction. Thanks to work by people like Norman Bourlag (google him as well) and modern farming techniques, wealth and equality is our future, if we stay on the road of open, free markets and free trade.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 10:17
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Its not "ends justify the means". Thats the exact opposite of what I'm saying. Colonies hurt both the mother nations and the colonized nations. Modern standards of living arouse in spite of it, not because of it.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 10:15
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Why do you think there will be 9 billion starving humans? With modern farming techniques, the earth can support more now than ever will less farmland. The world is getting more peaceful, more abundant, and more conflict free than ever before, mostly thanks to the free exchange of goods and ideas. Also, as incomes rise birthrates drop. The best population control is to make everybody rich.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 9:12
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
I agree, the companies are operating in their own best self-interest. So are the workers. However, this is the power of free-market capitalism. Two people with entirely different goals can make each other better off by working together. They can even hate each other and be all-out racists, but still benefit from working with each other. Google UN development goals. In ~1990, the UN set goals to reduce the amount of the world living in poverty, defined by less than $1.25 of income a day, by half. They wanted to do this by 2015, but instead this goal has been met 5 years early in 2010. Another goal to was to half the number of people who don't have access to clean drinking water by 2015, again met 5 years early. Why? While there are many factors in a global economy, the two biggest were increased free trade and foreign investment in China and India.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 9:03
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Its true, much of Chinas manufacturing is subsidized, but that will hurt china in the long run and help the US in the long run. We've given the rest of the world billions in foreign aid; why not get some in return? As for manufacturing, jobs, they have low pay, bad working conditions, and no income growth compared to newer, more tech-related jobs. These low wage jobs are leaving? Good! The average income in China is 10% what it is here- let them have those jobs. They are children of God just like you and me. That job will help lift and entire family out of mind-numbing poverty. Americans are too smart, too resourceful, and too educated to be wasting their potential in these low wage jobs. We need more engineers! More entrepreneurs! More computer scientists! More artists! More high skill, high pay jobs! Americans are the most productive people on the planet, with Britain second. We should let emerging economies grow the same way we did, and welcome them into the developed world. As for your walmart stat- needs some citation.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 8:44
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
The question about sweatshops has nothing to do with the profit of the company. It has to do with the marginal rate of productivity of the worker, and the next-best alternatives. These crushingly poor people are poor because they have a low marginal rate of productivity- they lack education or job training. Many are illiterate. They can't produce as much work per hour as someone in the West who went to 12+ years of school and is surrounded by equally educated, trained, and productive people. Sweat shops, as bad as they are, are still better than 3rd world sustenance agriculture. People in Vietnam, India, China, etc sell everything they own and move to the cities and desperately fight to get a factory job. They already pay heads and shoulders more than they could make otherwise. If you raised the wages even more (above the per-worker rate of marginal productivity) it would attract even more workers from other industries. However, there is only a set number of jobs. It would increase inequality between those few who get a job and those who can't. The artificially higher wages would mean people would bribe, lie, and fight each other for these set number of jobs, and the lower margins would prevent new investment from expanding as quickly, and prevent new jobs from expanding as quickly.
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 5:20
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
We must realize, those of us in the west have a much better life than those in India or China or Vietnam. Someone at the poverty line in America is in the top 17% of all humanity, and lives like a king compared to most of the world. By saying "USA first" you are denying poor, developing countries the chance to build a manufacturing base, get more skilled workers, and are preferring the rich over the poor. I think God loves all his children equally, and the origin of the country has 0 impact on my purchasing decision
hamncheez mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 5:14
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
I think Chinese are people too. I think God loves them as much as white people in North America, and they are just as deserving of a job.
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