Do you enjoy free markets? Not if you live in one of the poor nations of the world. An article in Saturday's Hamilton Spectator sheds some light on the horrendous practice of Western nations dumping their toxic waste in the worlds poorest nations.
So often we hear news stories about folks in other parts of the world who "hate our freedom and wealth". The longer I live in this society the more clear it becomes that people don't hate freedom or wealth.
What they hate is the manner in which we treat the rest of the world in order to live our everyday lives with cars, electronics, oil, food and clothing.
Whether it's sweatshops paying little girls pennies to make your next clothing purchase or destroying the ability of entire nations and cities to grow their own food so we can extract every last drop of oil from under them, Western society has taken a drastic turn for the worst over the past few decades.
Now we're talking about using precious dwindling food resources to fuel our vehicles because we don't feel we should have to pay the real costs for filling up our tanks.
We buy new computers, radios, phones and other electronics laced with toxic materials even though our current computers, radios and phones are just fine.
Many in our society still think this is a "free market". Yeah, but only if you live in the rich West. Otherwise your life has no value or worth.
We hear a lot of talk about sustainability and "human rights" on our local TV stations. When will we actually start taking responsibility for the choices we make and recognize that we're no more important than the small child in Uganda?
Preferably sooner than later, before any positives our civilization has provided are undone by the never-ending stream of news stories like this one.
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