A lot of people have asked for my take on The New York Times piece yesterday about the true cost of making Apple products in China. Let me first just say that it’s an important piece full of good reporting by Charles Duhigg and David Barboza. Parts of it are very sad — sickening, really.
”If people saw what kind of life workers lived before they found a job at Foxconn, they would come to an opposite conclusion of this story: that Apple is such a philanthropist,”
“It is biased to blame Apple for everything. The government should supervise the companies and their conduct, not the other way around.”
“By the way, construction workers and farmers are also living a harsh life in China, shall we also boycott housing and grains?”
–Source: Apple Insider
Why Cargill, for instance, doesn’t get the hard time they are giving Apple? ah, maybe because their asshat lobbyists make sure nothing surfaces, or maybe because it is OK to exploit rice harvesters in China and other countries just because it is food. Or maybe it’s also OK to exploit illegal immigrants on corn fields in this country because HECK! they are illegal immigrants.
None of these other irregularities are ever mentioned or condemned. If the guys at the New York Times think is better to have these Chinese workers and their children peddling on the street than having them work and give them shelter at night at the same time, then have at it.