manas wrote:We know that corporations like to set up factories in third world countries where the labour is cheaper, etc. The workers there often are so desperate just to feed their families, that they are willing to put up with unsafe working conditions, and wages we would not accept (as yet). But just as corporations are global, what if unions went global too? What if the workers for a particular corporation joined forces across national boundaries, supporting each other in the battle for equity and a decent wage? How it could work, is that the workers in one country would withhold their labour - ie, go on strike - in support of the workers in another country, until the corporation agreed to at least improve the wages and conditions of the workers in the poorer country. Corporations have gone global, why not unions?
I say this because it has been noted, that as more and more jobs are sent overseas (for the cheaper labour), that ultimately unemployment in our own currently more affluent countries, will increase to the point where we also will become so desperate for any work at all, that we too will begin to accept lower and lower wages and conditions. In the end, the ability of corporations to exploit workers will turn all of us into virtual serfs. This is where corporate rule will ultimately lead. So why not change how we see things? Instead of thinking, "I'm all right, I still have a job, so I won't make waves on behalf of people I don't even know, on the other side of the planet", well we damn well need to make waves. We need to stop seeing workers in poorer countries as 'other' and instead stand together alongside them. This will, in the long run, benefit all of us.
What do people here think?
This cannot be adequately analysed in an internet forum. But the main thing is that _ making the due exceptions _ the rich have convinced the poor that the politicians that they have in their pockets will help them.
I live in Portugal. The situation is catastrophic, for a first world country. This government is literaly robbing us. And this is killing
people. So these are murderes in nice suits and nice combed hair. For a year and a half I tried to mobilize the most people possible to protest against these politics and politicians. After that I burned out. I burned out because nobody cares. I have the luck of having most of my friends as educated and intelligent. Even they don't care. There a few exceptions, but they are exceptions. The situation is absolutely alarming and people go on with their lives as if it's all ok. This was a serious dispointment for me. I realised that my country has no solution...
So, more to the point, if people in Portugal, a country with roughly the same level of education as the USA, does not stand up for their rights when they're being taken for everything, I doubt that american people would unite _ wether on a corporation unit level, or on a national level _to potect the rigths of people who they don't even know, when they can't even protest for their own rights. It was, and still is, a difficult thing for me to deal with.
This is why this Dhamma is exquisite. "Abandoning covetousness and grief for the world."
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)