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Comment 132 by RJMoore : What income would low-paid workers have if there were no demand for cheap products? How would their economies develop without the income of workers who produce such goods?

If you look at the costs of production and the profit turned by Apple on these products I'd suggest there's just the teeniest little bit of slack in the system.

What were working conditions like in Victorian England or early 20th century NYC? What happened to worker's conditions as these economies developed and wealth grew? I presume the Apple workers are there voluntarily? What would they be doing without Apple?

It wasn't the increased wealth that improved conditions, it was collectivised labour power that (somewhat) redistributed the generated wealth. It's not the wealth of nations that improves the lives of individuals. There are plenty of wealthy nations where the majority live in terrible conditions.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:40:48 UTC | #909445