Tag: child labour

Sweatshops Are a Dream when your children live in a Dante-like vision of hell

From “Where Sweatshops Are a Dream” https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15kristof.html

Paul Krugman on virtue signaling over sweatshop labour in export industries in poor countries

From https://slate.com/business/1997/03/in-praise-of-cheap-labor.html

Woke left condemns little chimney sweep boy (one of the Worst Jobs in History) as racist! Child labour victim had no champions on the left

Nicholas Kristof – Where Sweatshops Are a Dream

Before Barack Obama and his team act on their talk about “labor standards,” I’d like to offer them a tour of the vast garbage dump here in Phnom Penh.

This is a Dante-like vision of hell. It’s a mountain of festering refuse, a half-hour hike across, emitting clouds of smoke from subterranean fires. The miasma of toxic stink leaves you gasping, breezes batter you with filth, and even the rats look forlorn.

Then the smoke parts and you come across a child ambling barefoot, searching for old plastic cups that recyclers will buy for five cents a pound. Many families actually live in shacks on this smoking garbage.

Mr. Obama and the Democrats who favor labor standards in trade agreements mean well, for they intend to fight back at oppressive sweatshops abroad.

But while it shocks Americans to hear it, the central challenge in the poorest countries is not that sweatshops exploit too many people, but that they don’t exploit enough.

Talk to these families in the dump, and a job in a sweatshop is a cherished dream, an escalator out of poverty, the kind of gauzy if probably unrealistic ambition that parents everywhere often have for their children.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Where Sweatshops Are a Dream – NYTimes.com.

Paul Krugman on those soulless multinational corporations doing business in the Third World