Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don't Work Up a Sweat Over This Myth...

Sweatshops are great dens of exploitation and human slavery.  Capitalism is a system that promotes and thrives on sweatshop labor.  Therefore, Capitalism is a system that promotes and thrives on exploitation and slavery.  Except not.  And for a good explanation of why not, click here and read the latest installment of FEE's Cliches of Progressivism.  Here's an excerpt:
Prevalent in the United States and other industrialized countries is the belief that without govern­mental intervention, such as wage and hour legislation, child labor laws, and rules concerning work­ing conditions for women, the long hours and grueling conditions of the “sweatshop” would run rampant.
The implication is that legislators, in the days of Abraham Lin­coln, for instance, were cruel and inconsiderate of the poor—no better than the caricatured fac­tory owners of the times who would employ men and women and children at low wages, long hours, and poor working conditions. Otherwise, had they been humani­tarians, legislators of a century ago and earlier would have prohibited child labor, legislated a 40-hour work week, and passed other laws to improve working condi­tions.
If you want more after reading the above article, just type in "sweatshops" in the OLS search box; I've covered this topic numerous times in the past.