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  •  this might provide a bit of solace (10+ / 0-)
    A fairly open-and-shut case of criminal negligence, inflicted on a horrifying scale against hundreds of the most vulnerable people on Earth—all of them impoverished, half of them women, and at least some of them children, crushed in day-care centers on the building's ground floor. The crooked owner, Sohel, had flouted the law over the past five years by illegally adding three stories on top of the building, likely causing the cracks. In contravention of the law, the sweatshop foremen coerced hundreds of people fearful of losing their jobs into dying instead.

    I would call that murder. Matt Yglesias calls it "entirely appropriate."

    In classic "Slate contrarian" form, Yglesias is committed, in his bland way, to discern a moral from this exploitation. Matt doesn't see the need for a global standard of workplace safety. Pish-posh! He sets the fools straight: in America, dangerous jobs, like "fishing, logging, and trucking... pay a premium over other working-class occupations." That's why Americans commonly say phrases like, "I'm as rich as a fisherman!" or, when you see a man in a suit flash a wad of cash, say, "Hey, Mr. Rockefeller, what are you, some kinda long-haul trucker?"

    •  When they talk about good paying jobs (8+ / 0-)

      with dangerous conditions, I think of when I was a construction worker, how many of my union brothers died on the job.

      So...Yglesias is saying that good wages make it worth it to risk your life on the job? All the workers named are skilled workers, they deserve both good pay and safety on the job.

      And low-skilled workers deserve safety and a living wage also. Where ever they work.

      And Slate is supposed to be some kind of brain trust?

      Well, at least he admits that these workers were murdered for profit.  That's something, I suppose.

      WE NEVER FORGET Modestino Valentino who lost his life in the Paterson Silk Strike

      by JayRaye on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:23:50 AM PDT

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      •  Sad to say, Slate's barely a cut above Politico (1+ / 0-)
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        these days. And Yglesias there is emblematic of their moral and journalistic mediocrity.

        "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by Kombema on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:05:50 PM PDT

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