How to Shop Politically Correctly
In our global economy, how do you determine whether or not it is politically correct to buy something that is imported or not? What political definition do you put around it? Should you:
- Buy only US made products?
- Buy only union made products?
- Buy only from those places you are sure follow appropriate labor standards?
- Buy only Fair Trade products?
- Buy what suits your needs at the best price?
I don't have an answer. I would like to ehar yours!
Here is one perspective that I found about this topic on the Internetz and it made me chuckle:
Union's objections to Wal-Mart merchandise are disingenuous
Do you need proof that union leadership considers the general public to be stupid and easily fooled? I have just seen the most disingenuous television ad ever (and I have watched many crafty politicians tell me lies).
The ad says Wal-Mart is guilty of various and sundry crimes and misdemeanors because it buys 70 percent of its merchandise from China. The "signature" on the ad is "United Food & Commercial Workers International Union."
Does anyone in his right mind think that any member of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (especially its leadership) would care one little bit about where Wal-Mart buys its goods if that company would unionize?
If tomorrow Wal-Mart management said to the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, "Please have your union represent our workers," do you think the union would say, "We can't do that because you buy products from China and our brothers and sisters won't stand for that."
While I, too, dislike buying products made in China (usually because I cannot find what I want made anywhere but China), I dislike even more people who consider me to be a fool. How about you?