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Land of Unintended Consequences- by the Gunny

Just the other day, a huge garment factory with some 3000 workers in Bangladesh, got a warning to evacuate because of large cracks forming in the concrete walls and floors.  The manager of a local bank with an office there, saw the cracks, and closed the office.  The next day, over two thousand were trapped inside the building when a major section of it collapsed.  The Army has been working overtime trying to evacuate with some 200 death pulled out, and hundreds lying inside, crushed and trapped.

Six months before, hundreds of workers died in a similar garment factory a few miles away, when a fire broke out and there were no fire escapes, and most who escaped had to use their wits and courage.  Customers are distancing themselves from these and other “accidents”, including Wal-Mart and other clothing retailers, with the clothing being the “high end” popular styles, kind of like the people of Bangladesh wear, NOT.

Bangladeshi’s garment manufacturer’s association tried to shut down each operation for safety, but were ignored.  The government has done the same, but should they shut down every factory?  The building owner of this latest disaster is going to pay, probably go broke, and carry the weight of those deaths to his grave, but why are third world citizens working for almost nothing, making things they would never be caught dead in, no pun intended?

Go to congress and ask them why, and they will tell you “we benefit such nations”, providing work, and a means to rise from the third world status, and eventually join the “first world” tier.  Liars!

There is only one reason this occurred, and does so dozens if not hundreds of times a year; we, the advanced society, no longer are willing to work at making the things we want.  Forget need; that is too disgusting to even consider, I’m talking about Tommy Hilfiger shirts, natty beach shorts, shirts with icons, not even underwear or work clothes.

When we were colonies, England refused to allow us any industry, it was okay for the colonies to grow flax, cotton, hemp, but the factories of “Home” had to make the profit.  Our weaving industry began when a teen age boy, apprenticed to a weaver in England, memorized the entire new machine, played hooky, and caught a ship for America.  He began building the machine and shortly after, with heavy investment by eager Americans, our first real factory stood up.

We began making our own clothes out of cloth made here, and the savings were “capital” which made an industry grow and do so while being profitable from the first thread.   A dozen industries grew out of supporting and expanding other industries, because making machinery for a profitable business means having the means of making machinery for business not yet invented, but now will be.

America started there, and we became the powerhouse of business, not because we’re special, but because we were free.  When a worker saw something, got an idea, talking to the owner was easy, it was a neighbor, and also an American.   We were competing to save capital to invest, we, The People, had growth of a nation in mind.

That “weaving machine”, intellectual property, stolen, and reproduced here, was the founding stone of all our industry; it demonstrated both to our lords and masters, but more importantly, to us, ignorant of everything but life, we too could build, manufacture and invent.

When the republic began, the sole revenue source of our Nation was constrained to “excise taxes”.  By this, no foreign product could compete on level ground, but was a luxury.  It was well understood we could only continue to grow if we continued to work; and work hard.  We had to make what we used, or we had to pay a premium for others.

Boiled down, we are responsible for that fire which killed hundreds, six months ago; if we want fancy clothing, we should make it.  We are the reason the building owner, with a permit for five stories, built eight, “to grow”.

We didn’t have the same experiences, because we consumed what we produced, and we capitalized our own industry, being free citizens, if was our own growth we capitalized.  If Bangladesh had the same opportunity, if we stepped out, they too could be free, but we demand cheap clothes.


Posted by on Apr 28 2013. Filed under Local, The Gunny. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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