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Nederland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-20-10 03:46 PM
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35. You didn't address my point
Edited on Wed Jan-20-10 03:46 PM by Nederland
I do not dispute that the natural resources of the third world still get exploited. What I dispute is that that exploitation is the reason for the wealth of the western world. The wealth of the western world lies in it's educated workforce--that is where the true value is. Let me repeat my claim: the vast percentage of the value in an automobile is in its design and fabrication, and those things do not come from the third world. Wealth is created by labor, and the more skilled the labor the more wealth it creates.

Why is the third world poor? Because its people are not free to make their own economic decisions. I would concede the reason its people are not free to make their own economic decisions is in part due to western meddling. In other words, is the third world poor because of actions by the first? Yes. Is the first world rich because it exploits the third? No.

A quick review of history shows that there is comparitively little money in exploitating people. Who ended up richer, the North, with all it's free labor, or the South, with all it's slaves? During the 18th century, US spent a lot less money on it's military than the colonial powers of Europe, and did not focus anywhere near the resources that Europe did on colonizing, and yet who did better economically over that time period? England made far more money trading with a free United States that it ever did taxing a colonial America.

Again, wealth comes from labor. The problem with spending a lot of time and effort exploiting people is that people that are exploited don't work very hard, and therefore don't produce much wealth.
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