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[–] DougExeter 15 points 22 points (+37|-15) ago  (edited ago)

I'll happily pay more. You're a fucking scumbag if you care more about your pocket book. No wonder the world is such an awful place.

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[–] RobAlter 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I actually lived in India near a small town that supplied labor to the shoe factory. It was mainly child labor and they made what Americans consider to be low wages, but to them was a fortune. The kids were able to support their families and they were fairly happy. Then some American talk show host "exposed" the child labor the shoe factory was using. So they closed the factory. The parents had no choice but to sell the girls into prostitution and the boys where sent to Mumbai to be beggars. Completely destroyed many happy families.

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[–] Ghetto_Shitlord 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

+1, I am the supreme commander of assholes, but even I care about exploited human beings.

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[–] Northvvait 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Riddle me this: if I owned a mine outside a war zone, I now have a vested interest in keeping existing hostilities in war zones active. Now follow the money: refiners, distributors, traders, couriers...

The question for these sorts of things is always "Does it just feel good, or does it actually do good?" I know Intel has been "conflict free" for a while for their PC processors by not buying from Congo or neighboring countries. Have the warlords stopped? Or has at least the violence been reduced? I don't know the answers to these, but it's a lot more difficult than just declaring people scumbags.

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[–] Aaaron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's a good point - just because you have good intentions doesn't mean it will effect change.

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[–] RedSocks157 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

But there is a large group that will have a vested interest in stopping the wars so that commerce can resume.

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[–] foltaisaprovenshill 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This exactly. I absolutely do not give a single fuck if the next CPU I buy is $20-100 more expensive. Not feeling like a fucking SCUMBAG for buying one is worth it.

I don't fucking shop at Wal-Mart, for instance. Same exact principle.