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Response to Zalatix (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 01:19 PM

39. Your case is nowhere near as strong as you imagine

You really do seem to be saying "inequality is fine, as long as it's people in other countries who are worse off than me". The poster to whom you link is explicitly talking about resource use (which, to your credit, you are thinking about yourself, with your point about alternative fuel sources above), and it is clear that the world would collapse, environmentally, if all countries consumed at American (or just general 'Western') levels.

So, if you insist American consumption levels must not fall, then you are in favour of other countries never being able to do - or a worldwide environmental disaster. Offshoring does not depend on a country being 'impoverished'; it depends on the labour being somewhat cheaper. It's not an 'all or nothing' situation. Jobs move around inside the US, for instance, because some areas have a lower cost of living, and companies can get away with paying workers less there.

Other posters may regard 'their own' as being the whole world; for you, it is primarily Americans, it seems. Not everyone wants there to be a permanent class of 'others'.

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