Food for thought.
Amrish Macedo

Actually, much of the time, both in say English history and modern sweatshops, what happened was that first, big landowners drove smallholders off their land so that they no longer had farms to work on (and enclosed the commons so they could no longer forage or graze animals on it), and then having no means of subsistence they were forced to work in sweatshops (aka “Dark Satanic Mills” in Blake’s day). In fact, early industrial employment was NOT as good as employment on farms — the wages were no doubt better, because most of the remuneration on farms was not wage-based, but the subsistence and lifespan were far worse. Children never worked 12 hour days on farms. Similarly today, there is a lot of statistics flimflam where you start with people who have a home, a plot of land, and raise enough food to live but make zero dollars a day. They get tossed out of their homes, off their land (generally without recompense), find some way to scrape by in some horrible slum with terrible malnutrition surrounded by effluent and pollution — but they get paid $2.25 a day, so they’re “No longer poor”! News to them for the most part.

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