Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Quote of the Day: Forcing Poor to Buy Rich Toys

Closing sweatshops and forcing Western labor and environmental standards down poor people's throats in the third world does nothing to elevate them out of poverty. Instead, it forces poor people to buy a lot of rich man's toys, like clean air, clean water, and leisure time. If clean air and leisure time don't strike you as extravagant luxuries, that's because Americans - even the poorest of us - are so rich these days that we've forgotten what true poverty is like. But chances are your great-great-grandparents could have told you what it's like: when you're truly poor, you can't afford things like clean air. Nobody in 1870 America worried about the environment.

~Economist Steven Landsburg, from the chapter "Children At Work" in his book "More Sex is Safer Sex"

2 Comments:

At 6/20/2007 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6/20/2007 10:36 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Hmmm, the hubris of these environmentalists is nothing short of amazing...
Leon Louw, a member of South Africa's Free Market Foundation who will be in Mexico for the WTO event, cautions: "There is a great danger of eco-imperialism in the environmental movement." He participated in a Cato Institute workshop on the subject of sustainable development, held in Washington, D.C., last week

Then again maybe the liberal environmentalists are a collection of racist bigots with mass murder as their collective purpose: It seems that our green humanitarians have decided that denying poor people in poor countries the right to defend themselves against malaria is more effective and cheaper than gas chambers, death camps and firing squads ...

 

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