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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Dark Side of Capitalism

I hate to see this sort of thing. If for no other reason than that it fulfills all the worst stereotypes of the Left, Microsoft's complicity in the censorship of China's blogsphere is reprehensible. Of course it's not just Microsoft, or solely American companies for that matter. Just today there was an Australian editorial in the Wall Street Journal pleading that businesses not trade principle for access to China's economy:
"China is not a normal country, nor a particularly friendly one. Despite 20 years of reform, it is still a one-party state ruled by an authoritarian regime which ruthlessly suppresses those who challenge it."
Usually the desire to be seen as a responsible corporate citizen keeps companies from making decisions like this. Unfortunately the potential profits for Microsoft outweigh the potential losses caused by an angry public. There are good organizations, and good publications (like the Wall Street Journal) that are sounding the alarm. America needs to listen.

9 Comments:

Blogger Nedhead said...

Wait a sec! Censorship is a stereotype of the left? Capitalism is a stereotype of the left? Letting China get away with its continual suppression of human rights is a stereotype of the left?Did I miss something?

I would have said that trading human rights for profit would be a very rightwing, corporate minded action.

Please help me Brash, I am very confused with you post.

6/14/2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Ned,
I meant stereotypes the Left applies, not that are applied to it.

In other words, the Left is right in this case, and it pisses me off. On that note, download Firefox.

6/14/2005 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Don't be pissed! Don't look at it as Left and Right, look at it as good and evil.

Why download Firefox? Recommendation based on experience?

6/14/2005 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

wow, good blog.

6/14/2005 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brash,
Wondered if you caught the Frontline program last night on Wal-Marts complicity with China on trade. Though I am a rock solid republican, I was very surprised to see how Wal-Mart has bullied American companies to go abroad to manufacture goods or lose access to the Wal-Mart stores. There are cities in china that are literally nothing but factories manufacturing goods for the Big Box stores in U.S.

6/15/2005 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Why Firefox? Because its not Mircrosoft for one, but also because it's pretty damn good.

Anon,
Didn't catch it so I can't really comment. I'm assuming it was anti-Walmart, but in my opinion that's free trade. Gotta take the good with the bad.

6/15/2005 07:38:00 AM  
Blogger Billion Year Old Carbon said...

The good with the bad is basically this: there is more coming in than going out, what does go out is raw material, we do not export things that chinese workers can buy because their salaries cannot afford it, though they out number us the individual is the one doing the purchasing, Walmarts role is that they are complicent in forcing US buisness to do buisness in a way that they normally would not consider and they do it on behalf of china as 80 percent of Wal-Marts manufacturing is based there. As cheaper chinese imports come in US manufacturers can't compete leading to a further loss of American jobs, as competetors more to china to find cheaper labor sources (very Orwellian in a sense) I saw this Doc last night too it was some what eye opening in the sense of the china thing but having worked for a major pharma co. on the distribution end I new about the pressure Wal-mart puts on vendors. Chinese companies have since learned how to get a better market share in America based on Wal-Marts lessons. This has lead to a 120 billion dollar trad deficit. So to be fair Its not just Wal-Mart, but America needs to stop shopping at Wal-mart because they have become a Chinese company they are not a US buisness any more where I am concerned.

6/15/2005 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Wal-Mart is capitalism gone wild. An excellent model for success, but brutal in practice.

6/16/2005 07:25:00 AM  
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