I think it is official that Wharton will kick me out of class. Upenn will suspend me. Jcrew and Abercombie will stop allowing me into their stores to buy preppy clothes. Rich bubble-fied kids kids will stop talking to me and immigration will come knocking on my door anytime.
Besides rolling my eyes and making grunting noises every time my classmates make a comment like, " People in china get rich by marrying americans", I actually snapped back today. So we were back to the topic of Nike and sweatshop workers
Classmate A: I don't understand, why can't the workers in china or indonesia just ask their government for a higher wage and better living standards. In America we do that. Why can't they do it?
Me: Because none of them have a choice. Firstly, the people don't have a choice. Villagers can't just ask their government for more cash. And what? Get shot? Companies are exploiting the fact that these people don't have a choice. They are poor. THey are starving. When a factory opens in their village and offers them just enough money to have one meal, they don't have a choice but to take it and get exploited.
Classmate A: Yeah but if they really don't like their job at the factory, they should just quit.
Me: And what, eat grass?
Classmate B: Yeah, its not the responsibility of corporations to be providing decent wages to their employees, its the government's responsibility to ensure that their citizens are not being exploited. If their government can't provide them that, its their fault. I don't understand why the government can't do that?
Me: These governments are corrupt. And sometimes they don't have a choice. When you are in a country where your GDP is pathetic, and a company comes along and offers to employ your citizens and boost the income of your country, at the expense of your citizens' welfare, you don't have a choice but to take it. The government doesn't have a choice. The citizens don't have a choice. THe only entity with a choice here is that company. It has a choice to pay these people decent wages, it has a choice to increase their welfare. It is not its responsibility to provide for them. But its their choice to want to make another human's life better.
Classmate A: So why don't these countries just stop using money? There are other alternatives in life besides monetary stuff.
At this point, I realised that it was like trying to tell a rabbit how to use contraception. I just gave up. What was I suppose to say? Hey Mr I-Have-Gummy-Bears-As-My Brain, did you know that poor peasants cannot ask their parents for money? Oh...you asked why? Because their parents are poor too. Hahahaaha.....never knew that did you. Yes...they don't have dining dollars in cambodia. Or a credit card. Or an ATM card. Oh go back to some skewed form of communism you say......you mean like Vietnam before the war, or Cuba, or North Korea....all of which had/have/is going to have some form of American intervention in it......Oh yes, they should just live in communes and grow corn for food...who needs money? Who needs a GDP? Who needs voting power in the UN? Who needs to eat? Hahahaha......whao look at me, I have a Upenn degree but I've never seen a poor person before. In fact, I have never even been past 40th street. During orientation they say its just a place filled with scary bad people so I just like totally don't go there. Of course those people working in Walmart can send their kids to Upenn too. Duh....why can't they do it? $40,000 isn't that much. What happens if the employees of macdonald fall sick you say? They just go to the private clinic down the street. No sweat. I wonder if my meals and my accomodation is free. I've never seen the bill before. Hmm.....oh how do i pay for stuff? I just swipe this thin plastic card and then the cashier hands my food over. It always works. Oh look class is over....lets go to the dining hall and swipe that plastic thing again. I can't believe that small chinese girl with that strange accent was making such a fuss today..of course those countries can survive without money. And their people are just stupid because they forgot to ask their president to increase their wages. Du-uh.