Walmart’s slaves are ours, too

Shop ’til they drop, America! From AlterNet:

One of the most enduring myths we love here in America is that we ended our involvement with slavery after the Civil War. While our Founders – people like Thomas Jefferson, who wrote “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence but owned slaves himself – were tarnished, morally imperfect hypocrites, in our modern era, we tell ourselves, we’ve risen above that. We are pure! We’re no longer tainted by slavery!

If only it were true.

The recent fires that killed 112 workers in Bangladeshi sweat shops making garments for Wal-Mart and other American retailers show how we, today, are frankly more hypocritical and dishonest about slavery than was Jefferson himself…

One Response to Walmart’s slaves are ours, too

  1. Tom November 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Oh but what about Profit Above All Else and “hey, you wanted CHEAP, you GOT cheap” (and there went our jobs). Disheartening that America has dissolved into this inhuman cesspit (for the most part) that’s so toxic that our culture is literally killing the planet from ocean to ozone layer. This is what greed, hubris, excess, “individualism,” and “free markets” get a society that ceases to care about anything other than money and having more, always more.

    It’s going to be “interesting” to see how we devolve in the coming chaos of collapse.

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