Unraveling the Garment Industry investigates the politics of labor and protest within the garment industry. Focusing on three labor rights movements—against GAP clothing in El Salvador, child labor in Bangladesh, and sweatshops in New York City—Ethel C. Brooks examines how transnational consumer protest campaigns effect change, sometimes with unplanned penalties for those they intend to protect.
Fourthly, the important thing to understand is why this is happening. The culprit is you, the end-user of these garments. The same people typing these comments. The people that invented Black Friday. The people that shop only during sales.
Although there's some good points to the rest of your comment, this point here is perfectly, absolutely, completely disingenuous. You're talking about a failure of collective social organization — a lack of available social structures for successfully combatting the rank barbarity happening in certain 21st century factories — as if it were an individual failing.
When you describe the things that Americans find ourselves doing despite really wanting to — for example, buying cheap products that are cheap because poor children have no defenses against having their value as laborers stolen from them — you're not describing the character of the American people. You're describing the social systems we're embedded in. You're describing what our society makes it easy to do, our society's default settings, and presenting those defaults as if their problems were just the individual failings of individual people.
You mean "Buy Nothing Day"?
The culprit is me as much as it is you for not paying Western level wages, thus displacing the manufacturing base.
your grand soapboxing there misjudges your audience and kinda ignores the complexity of the issue, which is a shame since the rest of your comment is all about how complex this is.
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