Monthly Archives: September 2012

An alternative take on the so-called evils of globalisation

This is a great talk by Leslie Chang on the lives of Chinese factory workers for providing an alternative view on factories in the developing world. The arguments against so-called “sweat shops” often focus too narrowly on the poor conditions of the factory itself, ignoring the socio-economic conditions that actually lead people to want to work in such conditions.

This is not to say that we should not oppose to the inhumane treatment of the workers that produce our goods, but rather that we should realize that at the end of the day it’s the workers themselves who will effect the change in their working conditions.