Death By China: How America Lost Its Manufacturing Base

YouTube has the video Death By China: How America Lost Its Manufacturing Base (Official Version).

This award-winning film examines the US-China trade relationship. The companion Crouching Tiger ten episode documentary on YouTube is based on the best-selling book Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism means for the world.

I haven’t had the time or the stomach to watch much of this video. In what little I have seen, I keep wondering where is the voice of the workers. If you watch more of it, you may be able to tell me where I missed it.

The trouble with the world’s trade policies and free trade agreements is that they are all based on the concerns of corporations, with little thought to the concerns of the workers.

In the case of China, the Chinese workers are probably getting the benefits of improving living standards while the owner, managers, and the elites improve their lot even more. In the USA, the corporations get the benefit of cheap labor, and the USA workers are getting their living standards hammered. This is not the fault of the Chinese workers, or as much the fault of the Chinese government as this video would have you believe.

It is a tough problem to solve to improve the lives of all workers, everywhere in the world. However, if no workers anywhere have a voice in trade deals, then we will never even work on solving problems for workers, let alone finding actual solutions.

So don’t let corporations and their owners pit the workers in one place against the workers in another place. We need some universal solidarity among workers everywhere to improve everybody’s lives as much as possible.

I found this video on JustNform. Since I am new to JustNform, I haven’t figured out how to share the postings with non-members. To use the previous link to JustNform, you have to be a member. I feel it somewhat unfair to give the initial credit to YouTube instead, but for the time being, this is the only solution I know how to implement.

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