Have a look at your iPod or iPad, its base or its plug and read what it says: "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China."
Interesting. Easy to rephrase: "Inspired in California, Perspired in China."
Or, if you wish, "Californian brain, Chinese brawn."
The one who are inspired get named. The one who perspire remain in the distant shadow. Who cares about the names of sweatshops?
An Apple a day keeps the sweat away!
We have again fallen prey to another Faustian swap: low prices against cheap sweat. Truly myopic behavior. Cheap sweat simply means that we trade our jobs away for the short term benefit of low prices and fat shareholders returns. Cheap sweat also means that it will too sooner or later be swapped.
A lot of damage for a short-lived decoy moreover. Chinese sweat is no longer cheap enough. According to Boston Consulting Group for every $1 required to manufacture in the United States it costs now 96 cents to manufacture in China. And the spread is fast narrowing. Production starts moving back home.
Will the lost jobs be regained?
Yes. To stateless robots controlled by robber robot lords, and this is bad news and good news as we shall see in the next pages.