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November 4, 2008

Whoa!  All kinds of stuffed happened today that I want to post about.  I don’t know if I can remember all of it even.

But the one that stands out is the fact that we watched a super depressing documentary in accouting.  It was about corporations and how horrible they can be.  I know most documentaries are biased, but it talks about how little Nike employees get paid to make a t-shirt–something like 17 cents!  Corporations are polluting our world.  Stock traders are excited about oil being burned and the price per barrel going up.  When somebody is more worried about money and the bottom line than supplying the demand, then something is really wrong.  What is wrong with our world?!?!?

But how can we function without corporations?  Even if I want to grow my own food and make my own clothes, I wouldn’t have any of the stuff that I like.

Yup, hopefully more tomorrow.  Good night.

::SA

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  1. Cyrus permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:31 am

    It might be kinda hard to watch but Zeitgeist Addendum pretty much talks about this (the pursuit of profits no matter the social or environmental cost) and then offers a solution to the problem. Abandonment of the institutions that control our life!
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912

  2. November 5, 2008 10:36 am

    This topic in general is something I’ve been thinking of a lot lately. A lot of Asian countries have very lax employment laws and corporations will take advantage of it and either employ very young people and/or drastically underpay their workers.

    I thought for a while of not buying things. Unfortunately, this isn’t really an option. First, often we need things that may or may not be able to be gotten second hand easily. Secondly, like it or not, we live in an economic world and your money often has a stronger voice than your actual voice. I think abstaining is not the right direction to go, but rather being concious of where the dollars you DO spend go.

    It’s little things as well. Clothes can be hard, because unless you’re rich, 99% of anything you can afford is made in Asia. There’s no getting around it. Consumable products are fairly easy; buying produce you know was paid fairly for (farmers markets are super great for this, and the stuff is better than a typical supermarket anyways AND you’re supporting local people). Buy your coffee from companies you know have good, fair, sustainable relationships with the growers. Little things like that.

    I had to buy a pie plate not too long ago to make a pie. I went to superstore and I had essentially two options. The first was a glass pie plate for $5. The second was a non-stick metal pie plate for $3. I quickly looked, and the glass one was made in the U.S.A., and the metal one was made in Taiwan. So I got the glass one. I know that there are things like minimum wages in the U.S. and odds are the people who operated the machinery to make the plate are being treated with at least some respect.

    People complain that it’s too expensive if you constantly look for fairly-traded products and stuff like that, but it seems that way because we’ve gotten accustomed to a consumeristic lifestyle that was built on unhealthy relationships between producers and their employees. We tend to like it because we can get more for our dollar. But if you seriously disagree with how these employees are being treated, then you have to look elsewhere. The products may be a little more expensive, but you know that the people responsible for them are being treated like human beings. I may have to put up with consuming less (which is probably a good thing), but I feel better about where those dollars and cents are going.

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