Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 1:11 p.m. EST by proletarian
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Many people defend capitalism by citing the fact that it benefits everyone, both the capitalists and the workers. They talk about how high our standard of living is in America and declare that that proves the superiority of capitalism. However I believe that they forget a critical component - outsourcing. Many of the huge corporations that sell these cheaper goods that result in a higher standard of living for us in America manufacture the products overseas or purchase components that were manufactured overseas then simply assemble the pieces here in America. The countries that these corporations outsource to are ones where the workers can be treated in the most detestable ways. Long hours for low pay. Even if the jobs are better than others around it doesn't justify it. Slightly less exploitation is still exploitation. Make no mistake these workers abroad are exploited. This is the part that people tend to forget to mention when defending capitalism. What if all production were done here in America where the workers could not be exploited so effectively? Would these commodities still be so cheap? Would our standard of living be so high? I personally seriously doubt it. The only reason that capitalism has brought everyone here in America such a high standard of living is because these massive corporations have outsourced exploitation.