But its NOT slave labor, not even close to slave labor for those
countries. You are talking about countries where the bulk of the
population makes less per year than many of us make per hour. To
them, a $3 dollar a day job is a huge increase in pay. Some of the
highest paid employees in offshore industries such as systems
development make something like $5,000 to $6,000 per year and are rich
by comparison to the population of their countries. I made twice that
as a systems developer over 40 years ago so to me, their salaries
sound like slave labor too but so would my salary of 40 years ago if I
had to live on it today.
The view isn't so much idealistic as it is a long term view. There
are plenty of examples of that point with Japan being the most evident
in my lifetime. Japan used to be the low cost manufacturing capital
but over a period of 40-50 years they saw labor rates increase to
where they are now on par with the US. India and China are two of
today's low cost sources but they are also seeing a huge demand for
wage increases that over the next 40-50 years will bring them to the
same level. It is already occuring in some areas and will increase as
their populations (like China) increase their consumption from their
increased employment and personal wealth.
As much as I may find the rapid Globalization of our jobs to be
painful and damaging, I also realize that the long term result will be
good for all. What I would like to see is a more balanced and managed
globalization. I am not sure how we would go about management of it
without destroying it in the process based on the traditional tendancy
of governments to over-react.
That is true when you take the long term view but short term results
can also cause substantial damage when the cost disparity between
nations is so great that it causes huge movements of jobs in short
periods of time.
I was just watching the morning news and there is supposed to be a
report released today that tells how many thousands of jobs have been
saved with stimulus money, and in the film clip there were some guys
shoveling by hand and in the clip a big yellow Komatsu backhoe doing
Reminds me: Some time back, I invented a labor-saving device and tried to
sell it to our city's public works department.
It was a set of collapsible legs to hold a shovel upright, thereby reducing
the number of workers needed to dig a hole by fifty percent. City wasn't
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