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TNT: Spare us guilt trip over cheap clothing

Letter by Arne M. Herstad, Gig Harbor on April 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm with No Comments »
April 29, 2013 1:18 pm

Re: “Low-wage workers pay steep price for our bargain clothing” (editorial, 4-28).

Great, now I have guilt. The shirt my wife got me at Goodwill was made by slaves. Where to go for absolution?

Let’s start with the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Between that day and 1971, something changed in America. That change allowed Americans to buy a pair of American-made jeans with just one hour of labor at a family-rate wage. But those days are gone, aren’t they?

What happened to us? Has our corporatocracy exported more than just our factories? I understand the need for spy exchanges – eyes-on-the-ground – and the exchange of leverage between countries as a means of controlling their behavior. That makes us all soldiers, objects of sacrifice in an economic war.

Soldiers don’t go to hell for that alone, so save the guilt for those who have it coming.

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