The campaign to transform America into an Asian-style sweatshop economy is now out in the open. So far, I have seen three Republicans advocating the revocation of the minimum wage: Michelle Bachmann, Ann Coulter, and Ron Paul.
But instead of debating the alleged merits, why don’t we just look at the time that it was tried on US soil. After all, the experiment ended only two years ago.
What’s that you say? You don’t recall any such experiment? Well, don’t feel bad. I’m sure that Bachmann, Coulter, and Paul are equally uninformed because there is a very thorough media blackout on the experiment. I consume a lot of news, and can’t recall a single instance of it even being mentioned in the media during the last three years.
The multinationals want it keep quiet, and consequently, all we hear are crickets.
Nevertheless, it did indeed happen, and it was an appalling failure.
Saipan is a Pacific Ocean island near Guam. When it became an American commonwealth in 1975, it was made exempt from the federal minimum-wage law, as well as immigration laws.
Saipan was quickly blanketed with sweatshops producing apparel for major brands like The Gap, Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Ann Taylor, Levi Strauss, Walmart, etc.
Asian women were brought in, housed in rat-and-roach infested barracks and forced to work under appalling conditions. Chinese women have reported that it was worse than conditions in China.
The lucky girls just had to sew designer clothes, sometimes for 40 hours straight. The unlucky ones were forced into prostitution – even underage girls.
The multinationals loved Saipan because it was officially part of the USA and they could put “Made in USA” labels on their products to fool conscientious consumers.
If you Google Saipan, you can find video of the barracks, and plenty of harrowing stories. And as you do so, keep in mind that it was no accident. If you want to know the multinational’s true vision for America, look no further.
What if the Republicans succeed in eliminating the minimum-wage? What would be next on their agenda? The child-labor laws, safety laws, pollution laws, and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution – you know, the one that outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude.
The multinationals violate all those laws whenever they can get away with it in the Third World. They are only restrained by the need to balance public relations.
Maybe you think that I am exaggerating by suggesting that slavery could be brought back to the USA. But that’s thinking inside the box. I guarantee you that the multinationals have no such limitations to their dreams. We have seen what they did on Saipan, and while they may not have violated the letter of the 13th Amendment, they have certainly violated its spirit.
But we don’t need any more experiments. Saipan shows us exactly what a libertarian utopia looks like. And we already have very successful experiments from our history.
In 1914, Henry Ford did the exact opposite of what the Three Stooges (Bachmann, Coulter, and Paul) are suggesting: he doubled the wages of his workers. Ford’s vision helped to create the once-mighty American middle class.
Whose vision should we be following?
Also, in 1914, we had a 17.6% tariff on imported goods.
But American history is a moot point. In fact, America itself is moot. We live under a globalist empire, and the marching orders have been handed down. Expect many more stooges to come forth advocating a Saipan-like future for the USA. And they will probably win. Corporate profits will soar far beyond what they are now as vast sums are made from squeezing the life out of the middle class. Trillions have already been made from global labor arbitrage as millions of jobs and thousands of factories have been outsourced and offshored.
But that has only put a modest dent into the middle class; just a small taste of what is possible, and the multinationals hunger for more. They own the Congress and White House, and libertarians like Ron Paul provided ideological cover.
There is a sweatshop in your future.
You heard it here first.