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Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience? 412

Barence writes "Is it even possible to buy technology with a clean conscience? With the vast majority of gadgets and components manufactured using low-paid labor in Asia, manufacturers unable to accurately plot their supply chains, and very few ethical codes of conduct, the article highlights the difficulty of trying to buy ethically-sound gadgets. It concludes, 'The answer would appear to be no. Too little information is available, and nobody we spoke to believed an entirely ethical technology company exists – at least, not among the household names.'"
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Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience?

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  • by the eric conspiracy ( 20178 ) on Saturday May 26, 2012 @01:05PM (#40121661)

    Oh bullcrap. The west built it's industry through the industrial revolution - machines increasing productivity.

    Yes the industrial revolution gave them the economic power to build empires, but if your society doesn't have a competitive economic system, well it's going to be a backwater.

    Japan got smart and bought into the new ways, and China is moving along that path now.

    It's a choice people have to make if they want it.

  • Would not work (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JOrgePeixoto ( 853808 ) on Saturday May 26, 2012 @02:06PM (#40122087) Journal

    I think the idea is that if one Asia corp paid high wages and we all bought from it, then that company would grow and engulf the competition, or otherwise convince the competition to raise their wages to join the buyer's whitelist and prevent extinction.

    Every country has a level of attractiveness to investment. One of the key characteristics is the availability of cheap labour. Another is the productivity of said labourers. Chinese workers are probably not very productive due to low education and poor infrastructure. But companies find it is economical to manufacture in China because the low wages compensate for the small productivity.
    If consumers demand higher wages, then China would lose that attractiveness and companies would simply relocate to more developed countries.

  • by DAldredge ( 2353 ) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Saturday May 26, 2012 @02:34PM (#40122271) Journal
    My Lumia 900 was built in South Korea. My RAM in the US My Processor in the US. It is possible.
  • by Impy the Impiuos Imp ( 442658 ) on Saturday May 26, 2012 @02:52PM (#40122401) Journal

    Conditions got un-abysmal because of the increasing economic dynamism and advancing technology, not because of politicians, i.e. men seeking power over other men with police and armies at their back, a technique...decidedly far, far more ancient.

    As is the drooling love of such.

    Proof: Economic freedom, which is to say, freedom from government is advancing their condition by leaps and bounds, which those self-same power hungry thugs, running the show 100% under former communism, could not do in half a century.

  • by JOrgePeixoto ( 853808 ) on Saturday May 26, 2012 @10:18PM (#40125283) Journal

    Read about Antonio Gramsci's works, and also those of
    Herbert Marcuse - specially his concept of "repressive tolerance".

    Long story short, Gramsci and Herbert Marcuse are the fathers of the New Left,
    which is the Marxist Left that works within the framework of democracy (instead of
    attempting to take power through a violent revolution and then institute
    a one-party dictatorship) and has decreased a little the focus on poverty
    and vastly increased the focus on feminism, homosexual militancy,
    racial militancy (such as affirmative action), immigration and so on. The Democratic
    Party in the USA is strongly influenced by the New Left.

    And Herbert Marcuse developed a theory that, if leftists were open to all ideas,
    they would allow the Right to win. Therefore, leftists should be
    "radically intolerant to everything from the Right, and radically tolerant
    to everything from the left" a.k.a. Political Correctness.

    This is why you see Anarchists (who support the immediate overthrow of
    government) marching side by side with Socialists (who support a vast increase
    of government power and size) marching side by side in Occupy Wall Street protests.
    They are very different, but they tolerate each other because they are leftists.

    This is also why leftists demonize the Tea Party, as if it was a huge threat to democracy
    and the USA was on the verge of becoming Iran, except with the Bible instead of the Koran.
    Since the Tea Party is right wing, leftists are radically intolerant towards it.

    And the press is significantly influenced by the New Left. It is true that few journalists support
    Stalin or Fidel Castro (old Left), but a vast majority of journalists support free abortion,
    same-sex marriage,and so on - the tenets of the New Left.

    One of the tenets of the New Left is multiculturalism and cultural relativism - so
    they refrain from criticising other cultures, but concentrate all their criticism on the
    Western Civilisation and specially America.

    See how the press treats Muslims and Christians.

    When some asshole artist creates some extremely offensive blasphemous
    piece of "art", and angry Christians organise a boycott to the museum, the media
    says the Christians are intolerant, have no sense of humour, etc.

    But when some foolish pastor burns the Koran, and Muslims start _rioting. vandalising
    and murdering innocent people_, the media says the pastor is intolerant and should
    not have offended Muslim sensitivities.

    Do you see the double standard?

    I know this all sounds far-fetched, even crazy, but do read the works of Gramsci and
    Marcuse - it will radically change your worldview.

The best defense against logic is ignorance.