The Dawn of Third World Status…
The devolution of America has definitely begun. Actually it started decades ago, but we are now seeing the pieces fall away. The deterioration of America’s infrastructure and the steady erosion of the middle class are surely at the forefront of this process. Through globalization and outsourcing, jobs and money have been stripped away from the middle class resulting in large profits for the elite and powerful. It has created a state of desperation that propels people to work more for less. Thom Hartmann has written an excellent article outlining the steps the U.S. is taking to become a third world nation.
New reports that Taiwanese transnational manufacturing corporation Foxconn may be opening up some plants in the United States indicate that our nation has now entered the terminal fourth stage of “third-worldization” or what may be better referred to simply as “recolonization.”
In case you don’t know, Foxconn is China’s largest private employer and is responsible for making many of those parts that go into your Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
While Steve Jobs may have been a visionary when it came to technological design, he wasn’t a fan of labor unions – or American workers in general – so he outsourced most of his corporation’s manufacturing to Foxconn, which was notorious for its low-wage labor.
Foxconn workers live in over-crowded dorms that are located on the factory grounds. They work 12-hour shifts, and are routinely exposed to dangerous working conditions. Recently, 137 Foxconn workers fell ill after they were forced to use toxic chemicals to clean iPads. And in the last five years, 17 Foxconn workers have committed suicide on the job. Nets have since been installed around the factory to catch workers jumping out of windows.
So why the heck would Foxconn look beyond their Libertarian paradise of no labor laws to come to the United States and employ a bunch of Americans?
To know the answer to that question, we have to understand the four steps the United States is currently racing through to become a third-world nation.
Step 1: Destroy Manufacturing (Continue reading…)
My hope is that the results from this election will propel the nation forward as progressives took significant steps in possibly reversing this dreadful course the country is presently taking. I will remain cautiously optimistic that the U.S. will, once again, invest in itself and rebuild it’s infrastructure while promoting and growing a stronger middle class. I think it can be done, but it has to happen now.