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'Human Price' in the Capitalist Equation (Op-Ed)

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Article by ADRIAN SALBUCHI for RT.

Published: 15 December, 2012, 21:07
Scandal
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Bodies of victims who died in a fire in a garment factory are lined up in
Savar, about 30 kilometres north of Dhaka on November 25, 2012.(AFP Photo /
Stringer)
The human price of a recent fire at a Bangladeshi factory was over a hundred
lives, reminding the world that for "western free-market democracy," the
words "human price" have another, very direct meaning.
On November 24, a horrific flash fire broke out in a 9-floor sweatshop in
Dakha, Bangladesh, belonging to Tazreen Fashions Ltd., killing 117 and
injuring 200 of its 1600 workers manufacturing garments for prestigious
global brands like Wal-Mart, C&A, Sears and others. This tragedy shows yet
again just how much multinational companies profit from the Third World's
quasi-slave labor exploitation system, marked by a total disdain for human
life, dignity and justice.
But Tazreen was just the first link in the global supply chain delivering
clothes "Made in Bangladesh" to stores in Europe and the US. Clearly, the
factory was not a safe place to work and its fire safety readiness was
appalling. The fire broke out in mounds of highly flammable yarn and fabric
illegally stored on the ground floor near electrical generators.
Once the fire was put out, capitalist profit greed carried on in its
"business-as-usual" mode. You see, Bangladesh has grown to become the
world's second largest apparel exporter after China, which is no longer the
cheapest place to manufacture. Many of the Tazreen factory's victims were
rural young women earning as little as $ 45 a month in what has become a 19
billion dollar export industry for the impoverished country. Bangladesh
dubiously ranks as global leader in paying its garment workers the very
lowest wages in the world.
In an article published on December 7, The New York Times newspaper reported
that the dead workers show a "glaring disconnect among global clothing
brands, the monitoring system used to protect workers and the factories
actually filling the orders. After the fire, Wal-Mart, Sears and other
retailers made the same startling admission: They say they did not know that
Tazreen Fashions was making their clothing."
"We didn't know!", is certainly a line that rings a bell...

Bangladeshi fire-men extinguish a fire in the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion
plant in Savar, about 30 kilometres north of Dhaka on November 25, 2012.(AFP
Photo / Stringer)
The truth is that the long chain running from the sweatshops of Dahka to C&A
and Sears outlet stores in the US and European cities has many, many links;
more than just a supply-chain, it often looks like a Gordian Knot.
The many middle-men, contractors, sub-contractors, distributors, suppliers,
outsourcers and sub-outsourcers serve many purposes. Some are financial,
such as using dirt cheap slave labour countries. Others are legal, to ensure
that reasonable safety buffers are always in place between C&A's and
Wal-Mart's top-brass and corporate legal liability at one end of that chain,
and some 19 year old working woman whose life was just snuffed out in a
blaze in cheery Bangladesh, at the other end.
If anybody will finally be made "responsible", it'll surely be some
scapegoat middle-man five, maybe ten, links down the supply-and-demand
chain, as far away from C&A's and Wal-Mart's and Sears' sensitivities as
possible.
The New York Times adds, "Big brands demand that factories be inspected by
accredited auditing firms so that the brands can control quality... Tazreen
Fashions was one of many clothing factories that exist on the margins of
this system. Factory bosses had been faulted for violations during
inspections conducted on behalf of Wal-Mart... Yet Tazreen Fashions received
orders anyway, slipping through the gaps in the system by delivering the low
costs and quick turnarounds that buyers and consumers demand. C&A, the
European retailer, has confirmed ordering 220,000 sweaters from the factory.
But much of the factory's business came through opaque networks of
subcontracts with suppliers or local buying houses."
They also quote Richard M. Locke, deputy dean of M.I.T.'s Sloan School of
Management saying, "We as consumers like to be able to buy ever-greater
quantities of ever-cheaper goods, every year... Somebody is bearing the cost
of it, and we don't want to know about it. The people bearing the cost were
in this fire." Not great comfort for the dead workers' families, I
suppose... But it is a revealing definition that exploitation, not
democracy; that greed, not human rights is what really drives "Western
free-market democracy".

A Bangladeshi woman mourns as she holds the body of a relative who died in a
fire in the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion plant in Savar, about 30 kilometres
north of Dhaka on November 25, 2012.(AFP Photo / Stringer)
The Human Price
It's when catastrophes like these occur that the masks of Greed Capitalism
fall and its multiple ugly Medusa-like heads stare threateningly at the
whole world. The same thing happened in 1984 with the chemical mass
poisoning by Union Carbide's Bhopal plant in India.
Naturally, the global media help with the Corporate Over-world's damage
control with the usual "What a tragedy!", "Oh, the humanity!", and "Why
didn't anybody prevent this?" type commentary for the requisite number of
days, shedding an alligator's tear or two. However, they know - we all know
- what the truth really is.
Because these dreadful events happen in far-off lands like Bangladesh and
India, and since inhuman sweatshop conditions are the norm in
"underdeveloped markets" like Mexico, Africa, India and South East Asia, it
doesn't really mean much to the West. Sure, the workers who are its victims
have little or no legal or social security protection, pension funds,
workers compensation insurance, health benefits or employer liability
insurance protecting them. But then again, they are swarthy folk with
impossible to pronounce names living in those ghastly lands.
They're all on their own, because they are "owned" by a Behemoth "labour
market" that calls the shots, all in the name of "supply-and-demand." That
same market awards a C&A CEO or Goldman Sachs trader or Wal-Mart shareholder
tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends, bonuses and
salaries at the top end of the chain, then gets away with paying hundreds of
millions of super-poor workers $45, maybe $50 a month as "salary".
Interestingly, the Times' article carried as a subtitle, "The Human Price"
which, more than they can imagine, can actually help put things in their
proper perspective.
Perhaps the western media should start quoting "The Human Price" in
nitty-gritty real numbers, just as they quote the New York, London and
Frankfurt stock exchanges, or the cost of a barrel of Brent oil, or gold and
silver prices. Conceptually, the closest applicable metric to measure "The
Human Price" are the Foreign Exchange markets quoting national currencies.
So here's an idea: just as every day CNN, Bloomberg, Fox, BBC and all the
western global mainstream media hammer into our brains how many Euros, Yens,
Mexican Pesos or Indian Pounds it takes to buy One US Dollar and vice versa,
wouldn't it help promote a more honest view of "capitalist democracy" if
they began quoting the "exchange rates" in the "Human Market"?
Just how much are the citizens of different countries and regions really
worth from the viewpoint of Greed Capitalism's Weltanschauung - its world
view, so to speak?
For instance, we all know quite well that "a US Citizen" has one of the very
highest values of all of the world's citizens; that the United States stands
ever ready to invade entire countries "to protect American citizens."
British, European Union and Israeli citizens are also "HVH's" (High Value
Humans).
Now, let's be honest. Most Western countries' constitutions poetically state
that "all men are created equal", and have certain "inalienable rights",
etc., etc., which may look nice on paper... but when reality hits, things
look mighty different!
So, let's begin with the Value of 'One US Citizen' and then work our way
through the values of citizens of our planet's one hundred and ninety odd
nations, to see what "rates of exchange" we get. Let's try out a few:
One US Citizen = 2 Brits; or 4 Canadians (sounds just about right);
One US Citizen = 10 Germans (Yep! Germany lost the War);
One US Citizen = 100 Egyptians; or 1,000 Mexicans; or 10,000 Iraqis, or God
only knows how many Libyans, Syrians or Iranians (hundreds of thousands,
surely!)
Such a rating scale could go up or down depending on how angry the White
House, Congress and AIPAC are on a particular day.
Then there would be: One Israeli Citizen or, better still, "One US-Israeli
Dual Nationality Bi-Citizen" would probably be worth 10 or more US Citizens.
On "The Human Price" scale, Israeli's are tops! They are Gold; Platinum,
even.
Israelis have the absolutely highest value of them all. Maybe that's because
of "supply-and-demand"; I mean there are less than 7 million Israelis out of
a total global population of 7 billion; that's 0.01per cent of mankind!
In numbers they are so, so very scarce that one would expect to never ever
even hear about Israel and the Israelis, and yet...
Sorry, Americans: you guys are definitely NOT tops...
One Israeli = 10 Americans at least...
The point is that under US/UK/Israeli "Corporate democracy", "all men are
equal" but - as George Orwell aptly observed in "Animal Farm" - "some men
are much more equal than others...".
So try asking C&A, Wal-Mart, Sears how much a Bangladeshi rural young woman
working 12-hour-a-day-7-days-a-week shifts to meet those huge garment orders
is worth. The obvious reply will be: 45 bucks a month, take it or leave it!
Why, that's about 1% of what she'd be "worth" if she were working in New
York, Chicago or London!
One final rather sobering thought just went through my mind: can any of you
RT readers imagine what the "Rate of Exchange" would be between One Israeli
Citizen and One Palestinian "Non-Member, Observer Non-State" Living Entity?
Oh dear, my calculator just went dead...!

Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV
commentator in Argentina.www.asalbuchi.com.ar
http://www.asalbuchi.com.ar/

(c) Autonomous Nonprofit Organization "TV-Novosti", 2005 - 2011. All rights
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Estimados Amigos,



Tenemos el agrado de hacerles llegar el link a la último entrega de “Segunda República”, el programa del Proyecto Segunda República (PSR), que se transmite por TLV Uno – Toda la Verdad Primero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kJd6lRmupU&feature=youtube_gdata



Puede acceder a toda la programación de TLV1, a través de:

En Internet: www.canaltlv1.com

En YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CanalTLV1



También vea algunos de nuestros anteriores programas:

Programa No. 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7zdIXwmq9U – Soluciones para los problemas argentinos.

Programa No. 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7zdIXwmq9U – Deuda externa

Programa No. 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6dhVInEFYc – Peligros territoriales que enfrenta Argentina



Solicitamos por favor nos ayuden a divulgarlo ya que en el mismo expongo la visión del Proyecto Segunda República en estos temas.



Cordiales saludos,



Adrian Salbuchi

Proyecto Segunda República

www.proyectosegundarepublica.com

msra@fibertel.com.ar

(Buenos Aires)



Otros Programas del PSR en TLV1:

- Especial sobre los Fondos de Santa Cruz (26/10/12) – Juan Labaké, Enrique Romero, A Salbuchi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XW5bdGm9xY&feature=plcp

- “Segunda República” – Programa 1, (25/10/12) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7zdIXwmq9U&feature=plcp
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