Believers in the religion of capitalism never learn. If it is going wrong, as it generally is, it simply must be the fault of two common bêtes noires:
Unfair taxes - well then stop voting for people who refuse to fairly tax massive corporations harder and then the burden won't keep falling upon you!
Regulations - cut them and the big players will ride roughshod over everything everywhere (even more than they already do). Some regulation is often outdated or poorly executed and that can be even worse: hence events like Rana Plaza and money market crooks finding loopholes that do even more damage.
The bigger the markets the even more faceless the commerce becomes. Being able to buy things ever cheaper has now been filtered into the mindset of three generation's worth of people and that Pandora's Box doesn't look like it is about to close soon. It is a bold person who now sets up something like a clothing operation domestically, with a view to not making use of Asian semi-slave labour or pricing a product according to genuine costs rather than according to a marketing smoke and mirrors trick on top of minimal outlays. They have very stiff and rather wily competition.
CleanClothes.org has shown how the EU uses many of the newer members (and periphery non-members) in much the same way Asian garment workers are used. In Poland, Czech Republic Albania, Slovakia etc they run the same sorts of garment factories, but they can write 'Made in Europe' on the label and people think 'well, it's not made in bad conditions so I can rest my conscience', but that's a mistake.
Personally I don't think it's acceptable that factories full of (primarily) women should work a 60-96 hour week for all of their lives, missing their families and being crushed, while we wait for the next development of capitalism. I don't think they deserve that. Anyone repeatedly buying that modestly-priced MTM or 'semi-bespoke' shirt from the plethora of companies on the 'tailored shirt' bandwagon, ought to keep that horrible fact in mind.
Edited by Henry Hall, 11 August 2016 - 01:06 AM.