Ur Human Rights & Human Welfare: En intressant recension av
Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops by J.S. Ross, 2004, samt
Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization? Kimberly Ann Elliott and Richard B. Freeman, 2003.
Här bemöts exempelvis påståendet att arbete i sk Sweatshops är bättre än alternativet:
Paul Krugman and other sweatshop defenders put forward the “better than” argument: if
people choose to work in sweatshops, then this must be better to them than the alternatives
(Krugman, 1997). This standard economists’ ruse can be picked apart almost too easily. As Ross demonstrates, the “better than” argument is a slippery slope: working in a sweatshop is better than picking through the trash heap which is better than prostitution which is better than bonded labor which is better than slavery which is better than death. So by Krugman’s logic, two cheers for slavery? (footnote: Mainstream economists rarely ask why these are the only relevant choices.)
Sedan kan det väl diskuteras i vilken utsträckning argumentet faktiskt bemöts, eller om det bara hålls upp till allmänt beskådande.