[Marxism] Shipping and the explo0itation of the Third World
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Sat Dec 21 22:08:38 MST 2013
. . . But the systematic exploitation of what used to be called the ‘Third
World’ – and is now fast becoming the First World in terms of industrial
organisation and manufacturing competence – is not restricted to production.
Every aspect of this production and trade is parasitical and hugely
exploitative. Consider, for example, maritime shipping – the main way these
goods get from the hands of distant toiling masses into the hands of
consumers in the rich countries.
Almost all goods produced in Asia for the West are transported in large
container ships. Airfreight accounts for less than 7% of the total. Despite
the West’s clear technical superiority, not a single developed western
nation builds container ships. They are all built in. . .
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