nike sweatshop

Straight White Boy Problem #852

*putting on my Nike shoes* i love my nike shoes

*remembers from social studies that nike uses sweatshop workers* whoa!!!! *pause* i hope the sweatshop worker in Indonesia made these shoes with lots of love because God damn do I love these shoes *goes for a run*

I think the easiest way to describe the actual result of “limited government” under capitalism is the formation of a de facto state.

You are left with private institutions and an ultra wealthy minority with significant control over the economy.

There is no feasible way to create a free and voluntary society when freedom is bought and sold. Someone working in one of Nike’s sweatshops does not have the same freedoms as Nike’s billionaire CEO. You could argue that the transaction is voluntary, but voluntary transactions are ideally supposed to be fair and support both people involved. In this situation, the person in question would have a choice between working for a dollar an hour and starving. Is it a choice? Technically, but it’s between life and death. Here we see exploitation and a power imbalance that really disprove the theory of voluntarism under capitalism. It is not eliminated by removing the government.

Let’s also look at the case of child labor in the US. Who abolished it? Not the ruling class, because it’s beneficial to them: children are easier to control than adults. Unions, anarchists and socialists, pushed for reform. People went on strike, they risked their lives for what we today consider basic human decency. In contrast, corporations continue to rely on child labor overseas for the exact same reason they did before–but their successes with economic imperialism strip the people they exploit of the power to stop them.

This is why it’s extremely important to draw a line between theory and reality. Capitalism in theory is not an argument against capitalism in practice.

anonymous asked:

hey!! did you hear about the nike pro hijab that was recently released?

I did…. I’m not really pleased though, sorry to say :S

Like…ok the best thing that can come out of Nike’s ad is the general push for social acceptance and adds to the overall trend of people wanting to include Muslims in western media. That’s cool yay

But the ad itself reeks of white savior complex… like Muslim women didn’t have anything to work out in before Nike came in and saved the day? Nah man there are tons of more affordable options than freaking NIKE. Nike is known as one of the most expensive sports brands, and there’s that quote that goes “if your activism is not accessible to the poor, it is neither radical nor revolutionary”

And to add on top of that, Nike uses sweatshop labor in Muslim countries.

I don’t wear hijab but a sister of mine who does suggests an ethical (and again, affordable) brand called Capsters

by Tony Auth

from meetingthegaze (tumblr) This image is a political cartoon, a comment on Nike’s use of sweatshops in the developing world to cut down on costs and increase their profit margins. In it, visual culture is used to send a message showing how unethical Nike is. First, there is a person with squinted eyes and ugly teeth with his mouth wide open, which the viewer is immediately led to dislike; it is obvious that this person is screaming at and about to beat the children, who are being forced to make shoes and trying to defend themselves. This image then associates all these negative ideas with Nike by adding the Nike brand to the man’s shirt; not only does this show what the author’s opinion of Nike is in this photograph, but any viewers of Nike’s brand after seeing this image will associate it with this man, sullying the brand. Other brand items include the item he is using to beat the children in the sweatshop with, the Nike check, and the phrase he is shouting, “Just do it,” which placed into this context means forcing the children to continue to do work. In this way, this photograph leverages visual culture to highlight the work that many view as inhumane overseas, especially since the profit margins of Nike are already enormous. -JZ
Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh (by TeamSweat)