I am a modern day slave master. How, you may ask? You see, this slavery isn’t like that of the Hebrews, Africans, or Irish – no, this slavery is clean, efficient, hidden, and best of all, legal. Would you like to see my qualification for the position? I’m typing on it right now. My modern bull whip. My electronic bloodhound.
My Apple device.
A journalist named Mike Daisey investigated into a building in China owned by a company called Foxconn. Sounds harmless enough. This company is a manufacturer for Apple. Yeah, that Apple. Unfortunately, if Apple is the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden that gives us all knowledge, then Foxconn is the 7th level of Hell that awaits those who eat the fruit. Taking in the accounts that Daisey discovered, we hear of horrible working conditions, suicide nets to catch jumping workers, violent security guards, and 13 year old children having their bodies destroyed with chemicals and machines – all this to bring me a glorified Facebook checker that makes me feel warm inside. Because, as it turns out, words hurt Americans, omxicylan alcohol phone screen cleaner hurts Asians.
Being raised in the underdog state of West Virginia in the midst of this Neoliberalistic Globalized economy, I have seen and lived the firsthand effects of being a people that serves the captains of industry with coal dug out from mines by 13-80 year olds. This is the kind of slavery I had mentioned earlier, in a world where living outside of the capitalistic cycle is not an option and being under-developed makes you a slave to your trade. For my people, it is coal. For china, it is manufacturing. No change has come about this system of unequal development, and so far, no change is wanted due to the low price affordability of these commodities.
Mike Daisey continued his investigation of the people’s unbearable working conditions, grueling high hours at low ages, depressing atmospheres. He found that, when reporting this information, many people were already aware of their contribution to this modern slavery. After all, the suicide rate at the factory wasn’t extremely high compared to the national rate. But if we’re justifying these atrocities with “Not as many people kill themselves when they work here,” then we will always have inequalities to serve us Americans up on Elysium. There will always be Masters and slaves.