As we eat perhaps even more chocolate than usual on a day for the Christians among us, the masses go round stuffing their faces unaware or uncaring at the level of our corporate exploitation of black workers. Slavery never went away, it just got buried by those in the marketing and advertising professions whose evil daily work covers up their corporate masters greed and profiteering at any cost. Economic slaves taste chocolate for the first time
Just as in previous centuries the wealthy were the cause of physical slavery so they are now the cause of economic slavery. On the pretense of competition and the necessity of these contracts some 700,000 workers are being exploited often by large multinational corporations who are also involved in serial tax avoidance. And where are our politicians to protect our workers from such abusive practices? On the other side of the fence of us the 99%. Just waiting for their handout from the same corporations that are exploiting the 99%. In the UK over the last decades their isn’t a single party and probably very few politicians who have done anything about reducing the wealth gap. And we can’t expect the next government of any party to be any different. What we need is the box on the ballot paper that says none of the above and for everyone to have to vote. If a large part of the population voted that the current holders of democracy were all rubbish then maybe we would have a chance to do something about it.
As much as I like Neil Young for all the great music that he has produced over the many years of his long career I find his boycott of Starbucks a little late in the day. There are plenty of reasons to boycott and to actually hate Starbucks starting with not paying their tax, screwing their employees with zero hour contracts, their unfair competition with independent cafes and I expect if we dig deep enough their screwing of producers in the supply chain. Did you ever see anybody in the upper part of the coffee supply chain lack water, sanitation, education for their kids, adequate health systems etc. I bet your bottom coffee bean that if you look at the producers of coffee all these “lack of” issues can be found. I think I’ll stick to the independents where possible and perhaps if you are a free thinker you will too. Then again maybe you are a dead head who doesn’t care about the human beings who actually grow your coffee. Think about it and where you spend that precious cash.
I tend to wear clothes until they literally disintegrate. Yes, I do wash them regularly but for me when you get used to something it’s comfortable to keep on wearing it. Anyway I was very surprized the other day when I looked at a pair of old shorts that I only wear occasionally. They were manufactured by Nike and these days I would never buy anything by them because of the way they treat the workers that produce the branded goods. Then I noticed as you will see in this photograph that these shorts were made in the UK. I can’t believe that that still happens and it means I guess that they must have paid their staff reasonably fairly. So do you buy Nike goods? Do you care about the working conditions and the wages of the workers who produced what you buy? Remember it is only dumb animals that are ever branded so are you a sheep or a free thinker. One of the vacuous dead heads or somebody with complex thoughts in their head?