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Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 332

"While many wealthy people worked hard or smart for their wealth. And many poor are there due to slacking off and bad life decisions."

You are referring to decent people who made a fortune legitimately - which is wonderful.

Unfortunately most of the wealthy elite did not get there by working hard - they got there by profiting from the misery and misfortune of others and engaging in criminal activities.

Most poor people aren't poor due to bad decisions. They are poor because they are exploited by the wealthy and live in a system where the average person - absent some stroke of luck - can at best have a moderate income if he/she works hard their entire life.

How many millionaires do you know that made their fortune by working 40+ hours a week and saving every penny? Probably none.

Certainly not the Bush's, Clinton's, Desmaris', Bronfman's, Johnson's, Buffets, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, etc.

Poor people are meant to stay poor; rich are meant to stay rich.

That is the will of our overlords - not the average joe.

How is it that someone working in a sweatshop is exploiting them? Sure, the factory owner could pay them western wages, but why? The minute they do someone else will build a factory and undercut their prices by lowering wages. If the wage or working conditions are too bad, people won't work there. The reason they work there isn't because someone is forcing them, it's because they chose to work in the sweatshop because it was better than not working in the sweatshop.

Same is true of child labor. The choice isn't school or sweatshop. If the sweatshop didn't exist, the children will have to turn to prostitution or worse. If parents had it as an option of course they'd chose the send their kids to school over sending them to the factory.

It's a hard concept to understand, having been born into a world of high productivity and plenty, but once you realize that the peasants of the world have to make very hard choices, all of which are distasteful for you or me, you start to see the world a little differently.

Comment Re:it's amazing what you can accomplish (Score 1) 48

Engineers are good at making useful things out of worthless land and discarded raw materials. Edison looked at a small village in the California desert and thought it would be a great place to produce his new moving pictures. I'm sure plenty of people thought he was nuts, but look how that turned out.

Comment Re:So will they be passing that savings onto us? (Score 4, Insightful) 474

You can't say that for certain. Running machines requires skilled labor to maintain and program them. Pulling trays out of an oven all day doesn't. Programming and maintenance skills have a higher value, not to mention that the employee generates more revenue per hour than the manual laborer.

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