Thursday, February 24, 2005

same old story...

I apologize, too, for posting late, also have flu. What really struck me about Cowie's article is his recurring mention of young low-paid women workers as the backbone of the whole capitalist house of cards. In new communication technology industries it's the same old story - young underpaid girls and women who often do this work. My question is, if the whole capitalist game depends on cheap labor and the exploitation of workers, is it worthy of constantly fueling? If we had the political will to change the exploitations inherent in this system, what would happen?

2 comments:

Mark said...

Isn't that what is wonderful about American capitalism? Exploitation of some mass population in favor of the few? Regardless of whether this economic system is the most responsible or not, it is what has generated the quality of living standard the majority of America takes for granted today. Obvioulsy this sounds very opportunistic and deterministic, yet, it is reality. ok, not the best post but in lieu of having some underemployed woman available to help with my communications it's the best I can do!

Linda said...

I've been thinking more about the article's comments about labor union's failure to mobilize women to unionize. It reminded me of how long it took many women to vote, once we won the right to vote. Even today the numbers of women voters are low compared to men. If women en masse became strong labor union advocates, what would happen? Would capitalism have to find another group of humans to exploit?