Be a Humanitarian– Support Sweatshops!

An ancedotal victory by the student anti-sweatshop movement, as well as the spread of these folks on my campus compels me to tell the truth about the effects of sweatshops.


 If we assume that most foreigners–like Americans– are self-interested, rational people, we can also assume that for sweatshop workers, their extremely difficult job is their best possible option. By imposing higher wages and other regulations on corporations, “fair trade” policies cause factories to close and take jobs away from developing countries. This forces poor natives into inferior employment and causes more death and even more human suffering.


In addition to the (shocking, I know) outstanding Krugman article, those seeking to learn more about this issue should check out this study by economist Benjamin Powell, and enjoy this classic John Stossel story.

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