Why do we get all hot and bothered about this?
Are you hot and bothered by this, or are you just using ‘we’ figuratively?
After all we go to Wal Mart and buy all that Chinese and Vietnamese low priced stuff they sell there and you can NOT tell me that those nations have a stellar HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD to stand behind.
The human rights records of China and VietNam are no worse off for Walmart being there.
Seriously we are nothing but whores.
Well, speak for yourself, but I would go hungry fast if I was going to make my living charging others for it.
We buy our gas cheap from Saudi Arabia.
There is nothing cheap about the price of oil these days. I blame Chavez and Ahamadinejad.
And the only reason we get outraged is because these people are muslims and we were attacked by muslim terrorists.
The reason we are even aware is because 9/11 has put these types of savages on the radar now.
But we buy our cheap clothes and electronics and kitchenwares from China/Vietnam and we don’t care that they bury people in pits or beat them with sticks or a hundred other abuses they are subject to?
Oh, I think that most of us do care very much. One might wish that more people would have cared for the millions slaughtered in Vietnam due to the hasty retreat from there in the seventies, but that is history now.
But again, it is not as if there was a better human rights record in China or Vietnam before we started trading there.
China is a vital part of the American economy now. Given that it was once a part of the Marxist orbit, this is a significant victory for America.Milton Friedman’s argument, if I understand it correctly, is that economic freedom begets freedom of other kinds too. That is certainly the hope anyways that trade brings with it. Only time will tell.
Really thoughm the human rights record couldn’t be any worse than it was before trade was initiated.
I think we need to look at SOCIAL JUSTICE just a little bit deeper than where can I buy my diapers for 43-cents a box less.
If only paying 43 cents more for a diaper would improve the human rights record in China, you might have a valid argument there… This is not likely though. There is no reason to think that not trading with China will in any way improve the human rights record there.
And we need to stop looking ONLY at the muslims and being outraged when there are abuses like this one. There is plenty out there in the world that we need to be outraged about.
So you are not just using ‘we’ figuratively then? You too are outraged that the Wahabbis are going to destroy this woman’s health and life because she asked her nephew and his friend for a little help with the groceries?
Thanks for clearing that up.
Oh, and please point out to me some of the threads you started on Vietnam human rights, in order that I might participate.