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Resurgence of Child Labor Amid Global Pandemic Offered as Proof That 'Capitalism Is Monstrous'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/15/resurgence-child-labor-amid-global-pandemic-offered-proof-capitalism-monstrous


If left unopposed the GOP will take us all back to 16th century and beyond. There is no lows the GOP fascists wouldn’t stoop down to. If you have no money or power you are nobody to them. Just look at the way they treat the refugees, the Latin American economic migrants, the blacks and Hispanics filling the private prisons. Yet they claim to be opposed to abortion and stack up the supreme court with their appointed activist morons. It seems as though the roots of all evil end up in the USA. Yes all evil! I suppose their opposition to abortion has a purpose namely child labor created by capitalist misery and ever cheaper or better yet, free labor. Give em to us we know how to kill them


There is a name for child labor in free market economics. It is among what are known as externalities. Five syllables to take the place of three. Look for the Late Great George Carlin’s video explaining soft language* and you will catch my drift. Fuck such economists, with Milton Friedman at the top of the list.



A 2007 study (its published report is titled The Science of Early Childhood Development), which was implemented to identify facets of child development science accepted broadly by the scientific community, forthrightly and accurately articulates the matter: “It is a compelling task that calls for broad, bipartisan collaboration. And yet, debate in the policy arena often highlights ideological differences and value conflicts more than it seeks common interest. In this context, the science of early childhood development can provide a values-neutral framework for informing choices among alternative priorities and for building consensus around a shared plan of action. The wellbeing of our nation’s children and the security of our collective future would be well-served by such wise choices and concerted commitment.”
The same study-report also noted that, “The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. Stated simply, today’s children will become tomorrow’s citizens, workers, and parents. When we invest wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. When we fail to provide children with what they need to build a strong foundation for healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk … All aspects of adult human capital, from work force skills to cooperative and lawful behavior, build on capacities that are developed during childhood, beginning at birth … The basic principles of neuroscience and the process of human skill formation indicate that early intervention for the most vulnerable children will generate the greatest payback.”
Although I appreciate the study’s initiative, it’s still for me a disappointing revelation as to our collective humanity when the report’s author feels compelled to repeatedly refer to living, breathing and often enough suffering human beings as a well-returning “investment” and “human capital” in an attempt to convince money-minded society that it’s indeed in our best fiscal interest to fund early-life programs that result in lowered incidence of unhealthy, dysfunctional child development.
While some may justify it as a normal thus moral human evolutionary function, the general self-serving Only If It’s In My Own Back Yard mentality (or what I acronize OIIIMOBY) can debilitate social progress, even when it’s most needed; and it seems that distinct form of societal ‘penny wisdom but pound foolishness’ is a very unfortunate human characteristic that’s likely with us to stay.
A most memorable line from the book Childhood Disrupted (How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, pg.228) reads: “It has been said that if child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. Or, as Bernie Siegel, MD, puts it, quite simply, after half a century of practicing medicine, ‘I have become convinced that our number-one public health problem is our childhood’.”
(Frank Sterle Jr.)


I totally agree. My favorite author, Andrew Vachss, says The abused child cries. I hurt. Left alone, that will become prophesy". He also says, Child abuse prevention is crime prevention and it’s true all along the line, Making children work is abuse, not the parents’ fault when they have to exist. It is their country’s fault for not helping, just like here. Yes, capitalism stinks.


Yes, I miss good ol George! One of his best quotes: " IF VOTING MATTERED…IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL! " Thanks for the video.


Hi Shantiananda:
I miss MOTHER JONES! looking of pictures from hat time with kids as young as 3–sitting on boxes and sorting rocks by size! Mother Jones was the perfect person tp stand up to chiId labor----but sigh—here it is again. She Ied a children’s march to Teddy Roosevelt’s White House-----and he ran out the back door! : ) StiII horrors did occur frequently. One young girl had her Iong hair grabbed by a machine—and her scaIp was ripped away. Yes, she did die at home as there was no money for doctors.
Of course when the US military attacked the families living in shacks in what was known as Foggy Bottom-- This was after WW 1-and the military shot and murdered them because the families needed their bonus money! . Not a Iot has changed when you see what OiI company goons do to peopIe who are IegaIIy protesting . SadIy—not a Iot has changed for peopIe in America protesting the disruption of their ives and their environment. : (


Both Milton Friedman and Maynard Keynes believed in a Guaranteed Annual Income for all citizens but for completely different reasons. Keynes because he had a heart and Friedman because it would be considerably cheaper than the current programs like Unemployment and welfare.

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The biggest pandemic life on Earth suffers
is the exponential rise of the power of human sociopathy/psychopathy.
The ability to cause widespread suffering without feeling empathy or remorse is now a hallmark of humans with power, be it in industry, business, politics, perhaps any aspect in relation to dominance.
I used to think modern Humans as a whole were, as a species, like teenagers on an anthropocentric scale. I digress, more like “the terrible two’s”.
Im not aware of a cure for adults that treat children so horrifically.


Yes . Keynes was another white supremacist who had a heart for the continued well being of his white plutocrat buddies.


Milton Friedman and his Economic Liberty boys still rule the US of Abuse, through the Koch Brothers think tanks such as the Mackinac Center and American Enterprise. They can hardly wait for a con con(a new constitutional convention) to truly put democracy in Chains just as they did in Chile.
All the major world religions believe in child and woman abuse. Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant, uneducated, and working as soon as possible. A good beating of both every Saturday evening will make them holy for Sunday meetings. Sad part is, it’s still being done in all classes and areas of society. Look at Trump 's body language and his speech pattern when he’s around women. It’s completely different from when he’s around the MAGA men.
Yes, capitalism is dreadful. But it’s in its final stages, when it looks as if it can never be overthrown. Keep hope alive and remember true power is within each of us, not some Dominator Male outside of us.


Do we really want our children’s futures to look like something Lewis Hine documented in the early part of the last century? Given the collective lack of character of the Right and the rich, that is what they are after.

“Bryan Caplan: Uh, sure. So, of course, in the 19th century kids had a lot of jobs that would seem terrible to us. And, in Third World countries, that remains true–although it’s overstated as to how bad, you know, child labor in the Third World generally is. But, there is an idea that it’s somehow intrinsically horrible for a kid to be working at all. And, my question is: Well, why? Aren’t they learning–so it seems like they are learning some useful skills. They are making money. Why is that so bad? You know, it’s one thing to say that you don’t want them working in jobs where they are going lose fingers. But, why not have them work at really, work a few hours a week in a job that is, that they don’t mind very much? And there is this idea, ‘Well, that’s terrible because it’s distracting them from their school.’ And, I say, ‘Well, but maybe they’re actually learning something more useful on the job than in school.’ So, maybe it would be better if they just move some of their time over from working from school.”



Sometimes small hands are a prerequisite for the job…

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Funny if you are talking about tRump


The GOP? Do remember that all Democrats are capitalists, too, including Sanders and AOC. It’s little better here in the UK.

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What is your evidence for your claim that capitalism is in its final stages? What is likely to replace it?

capitalism is the system that exploits any and all resources–regardless of the consequences of that exploitation-as long as there is money in the exploitation–capitalism is the disease that is killing the world with their business plan and we are the fools being bought off with a few consumer goods

time to wake up and smell the garbage— that what we are living in is the end product of this vicious killer system–and if we do not take control away from the capitalists we will end up the victims of the largest genocide ever perpetrated on the world and it’s inhabitants–the Ecocide of the 6th Great Extinction --now in progress in every neighborhood on the planet


that our planet is dying beneath our feet in plain sight -with the blessings of our so called leaders–that this is being done for the money without regard to the consequences–the end will be when our climate completely collapses and we can no longer feed ourselves –

what will all the riches in the world mean then??

capitalism is the disease that is killing our planet–the perpetrators of the end stage of all life on this planet that is the business plan that I call profits for killers

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If you are not careful the children will undo you .

Socialism or barbarism–proof is all around us. Now on to effective action to change this.

From St. Agustine of Hippo:

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage, Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

Rabbi Hillel:

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”