Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. rgwalther

    rgwalther GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    If they want to get to 100%, they are going to have to get out the elbow grease – also full of toxic chemicals.

  2. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @rick scott

    Rick scott, I admire your efforts to educate these ‘pie in the sky’ people, but alas it is probably wasted effort. Just take a look at banjoaah answer, it falls back on ‘moral’ ideas and uses the example of Japan which is a mono ethnic society. The rest of the world doesn’t function like that. Again no one is forcing the third world countrys to allow factories to enter their borders and employ their people. The last time that was done was in the occupied countries during WWII. If Stephanie was realistic she would be trying to get the peoples of these countries to rebel and install a government that would do what she thinks is right. Good luck with that.

  3. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    Eh .. culture-smultcher.
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    Mr. Scott, you are a businessman, yes? Excellent! Then let us talk business and leave the Birkenstocks to Berkley.
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    First, this is not a “first-world” scenario. We are doing business in an autocracy, you and I. We run small competing factories in Malaysia, say to make shoes for Nike, Puma, etc., Da?
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    Labor here is dirt-cheap, which is good for business. But let’s say that for the modest price of $1,000 in bribes the local authorities will allow you to cheat your employees out of $10,000 in monthly wages. That’s $9,000 in additional profit – would you do it?
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    Better question: do you even have a choice?

  4. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    Answer is probably “NO” – with capital letters. Why? Because if you don’t, I will. I will bribe authorities and cut overhead. This will allow me to submit lower-priced bids on contracts for shoes. In other words, I eat your lunch UNLESS you, too, are willing to play the game and cheat your workers.
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    Feh! you say! They can find other jobs!
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    Really? With whom? If they will not work for me, why would they work for higher pay at your business? – the business, mind you, that has no contracts left to fill because I won all the bids.

  5. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    By the way, you must decide quickly, because once I earn enough cash, I can buy political leverage to either a.) force you to shut down or b.) force you to sell your business to me for pennies on the dollar. I can pay armed thugs to beat you in the street and the police will come to arrest YOU for “disturbing the peace.”
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    Only option you have is to play as fast and dirty with the rules as anyone else.

  6. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    Of course, as you note, it is hardly fair to blame an outside company for taking advantage of what the subcontractors can – and will – do in their own country. And some money for the poor is better than none, even if it does come wrapped in a flaming office building. So the ire of the righteous may be misplaced in its attack … but does that negate the harm being done? Does it “invalidate” the suffering of those people?

  7. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    Which is more important: devising a path to bettering the lives of these people, or stomping on those who dare to try, however right or wrong their approach may seem?

  8. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, 8 months ago

    @Olongapojoe

    Olong has an interesting point – Ms. McMillan has focused her efforts on western companies, much as Julian Assange focuses on America as the “source of all world’s evil” (as he hides from authorities in embassy of notorious autocractic state!).
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    Curious that she has turned little of this critical gaze to local politics.
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    Perhaps in trying to seize the tiger it is not so unusual that he eludes our grasp and we find ourselves in possession of the tail, not the beast itself.
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    But who knows where comic will lead? And with it, discourse of political thought.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    @rick scott

    So you are for total freedom for business. No regulations of any kind including laws?

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    @Olongapojoe

    There is nothing pie-in-the-sky about it except that in your world view you are against such things so for you, any means to keep people from seriously thinking about another way is against your philosophy. One set up when Empire and Capitalism merged in the 17th century in Europe and Britain.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    @banjoaah

    Our bodies need arsenic, but so little of it that it is highly toxic to us in very small doses. Some people don’t care as long as they aren’t put in prison.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    @Debt Free

    I bet they wish they had an economy like ours too.

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