Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. BlueJayRobin

    BlueJayRobin said, over 1 year ago

    Hmmmm. Where’s my water board?

  2. ButchInWaukegan

    ButchInWaukegan said, over 1 year ago

    Here’s how it’s done, by Obama (no surprise):

    A Pulled Scoop Shows U.S. Fought to Keep Haitian Wages Down : CJR

  3. rick scott

    rick scott GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Yet another toon with no connection to reality. Here’s how it works: employees unionize. During negotiations, employer looks at costs in other countries. Bean counters do the math. Employers offer $.10/hour raise. Union rejects offer. Employer closes plant, moves operation to Bangladesh.If Steffi wants to help, she should join Zero Population Growth. A bunch of countries have more people than resources. But hey, even if she is too little, too late, the system will right itself through war or plague.

  4. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe if we ship them some of these “we need living wages” over there for a week and see how fast they want to come back to the USA work what ever pay they can. Maybe even work a job where they get paid for what they are worth. Maybe see the value of improving their worth to an employer.
    And for all those the 1% are evil and blah blah blah. Make only 34,000 in the USA and you my friend are 1% in the world!

  5. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    The conditions in Haiti have nothing to do with malignant corporate interests. The environment creates negative behavior; it does not arise because of it.

    The root of the Haitian troubles is the fact that the island operates under an extreme autocracy and always has. (There is more to ‘democracy’ than titles and marked pieces of paper.) The leadership governs by consent of the elite, which provides its support in exchange for cash prizes – exclusive business deals, lax regulations, confiscation and redistributions of property, even direct payments from the treasury. The most extreme of these “abuses” always appear in autocracies, because this graft is the basis on which the autocratic system functions.

  6. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    While exploiting the environment can be good for business, crippling an economy is an excellent tool for both controlling a population and feeding the elite that form the true power base in that country. The corruption, disincentives, and dysfunctional operations of an autocracy are quite deliberate, serving a critical political end at the expense of the broader economy.

    With the Haitian sweatshop, the business is undoubtedly owned by one of the country’s elite. He is free to cheat and abuse the workers without fear of government intervention. He grows fat on their labors and, so long as the leadership remains favorable, has no incentive to change. For its part, the leadership earns the loyalty and support of this elitist, benefits from tax collections on the facility and the workers’ wages (which can be used to judiciously bribe off other hungry members of the elite), and has little to fear from a group of people too starved and busy with their lives to agitate for political change. Even better, you do not have to feed them.

  7. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    Best of all, if the political winds shift and the elitist himself becomes a “problem,”’ his cough-cough “violations” of the country’s labor laws and health codes provides the perfect pretext for his removal to prison. Or the grave. The workers will cheer, Amnesty International or somesuch will applaud, and ownership of the facility will be turned over to the next elitist, with the experience of his predecessor serving as an object lesson for his behavior – not to be “kind,” but to be mindful of his place in the political sphere.

  8. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    Do not even bother to dispute this – you see it in all the great autocracies of the world. And it is done this way for one reason and one reason only: it succeeds brilliantly. Not for the foolish and disenfranchised; for them the system offers nothing but the hope of suffering less tomorrow. But for the elite and the leadership, it offers stability and the luxuries of wealth.

    The success of a thing can be measured by its persistence. The world does not tolerate failure. Failed concepts die a quick death. Those that live and continue to exist – whatever other judgments you may draw – do so because they work; they are a success.

  9. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    This is partly what makes true systemic change such a difficult prospect. What we outwardly perceive as “failure” might, in fact, be a raging success. It’s a matter of understanding perspective and the true needs (motivations) of the actors taking part in the game.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @rick scott

    Maybe we should establish a universal pay depending on cost of living per country? Or perhaps a tariff on those goods and use the money to pay back the employees.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago


    The living wages for here are higher than in Haiti. So maybe they should ship their workers here instead? Or are you for getting us as close to poverty as possible for the average worker? Unions now and forever!!

  12. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    Disappointingly, unions are as vulnerable to the laws of autocracy as nations, and indeed all hierarchial structures. Once an autocratic structure is expressed, the leadership becomes quite willing – eager even – to sacrifice the needs of the many for the benefits of the few and elite.

    Note that the wholesale devastation experienced by many unions in America was considerably more kind & beneficial to their leadership than it was to members. Whatever the devastation to the lower ranks, the cabals of the powerful in those unions survived, managed to improve their positions, or at the very least suffered much less than their supposed comrades.

  13. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    The Harleyquinn’s joke here is to superimpose an issue of economics upon what is actually an exercise of politics wholly divorced from matters of finance. The “worth” here is a factor of political controls and necessities. It has nothing to do with productivity or efficiencies of capital. It only seems to, and thus draws focus to abstracts unrelated to the ‘main show’ that discuss symptomologies as though they were the source of issue, and not the mere product thereof.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Lenin Out of the Box

    Unions are being weakened to the point of uselessness. Private Unions are down to 7.8%, only the Public Unions still have 50%. (What the Private Unions were in the 1950’s.)

  15. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 1 year ago

    No “laws of autocracy?” All human constructs? It is a sad truth, but so few understand, which is how they end up running into same walls again and again, wondering why they have not yet emerged on other side.

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