geo 201 - paluzzi - reflection 6

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Michael Klatsky Geography 201 Professor Paluzzi Reflection #6 Is it OK for Americans to purchase products made overseas with cheap labor? Is this any different than allowing low-cost labor to immigrate to the U.S.? How? Is there an ethical choice involved in this question? There are several impacts that occur when purchasing products made with cheap overseas labor, however the most important may be ethical: just as with illegal employment, laws that demand legitimate labor practices are circumvented. Most Americans will not tolerate a corporation that ignores labor laws- even if that means a much cheaper product. This is different than allowing low-cost labor to immigrate to the US legally. In order to compete in a global labor market, all existing labor laws would need to be removed for these low-cost laborers, for them to be able to compete with say, laborers from China. How is this
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Unformatted text preview: different can importing cheap goods? Our ethnocentric worldview, an ideology that reassures us (westerners) than the world exists for our exploitation, either in the form of profits or some other means. Thus, exploiting the labor of an inferior race of people very far away does not seem to rattle us all too much. Finally, the real choice in play is the ethical choice, will we choose to ignore the plight and exploitation of humans far away – and perhaps most likely, derive some sort of benefit from that exploitation? The answer here clearly is an ethical one: Do laborers in LDCs deserve that same rights we enjoy? If you answered yes, perhaps we should reinstate the military draft and invade the world, under the mandate of establishing dignified human rights for our entire world…....
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2008 for the course GEO 201 taught by Professor Paluzzi during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Rockland.

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