Hello Mr. Or Ms. Pants-Purchaser!
Did you know that these pants were made in a SWEATSHOP? If you think sweatshops are BAD, here are some options:
- Put these back on the rack (I know they’re cute, but you can do it!)
- Don’t get any pants today—the ones you’re wearing are very nice. Or, your skirt is nice.
- Get some pants at a THRIFT STORE. They’ll be FUNKY, ORIGINAL, & the money won’t go to BAD CORPORATIONS that use sweatshop labor.
- Visit www.sweatshopwatch.org to lea
So maybe it’s ironic that my most recent meaty, educational read was The Second World by Parag Khanna, which is sort of all about how
More specifically, the book is about how the three major world powers (the
There’s a lot of not-so-vaguely-racist, anti-China talk these days, so let me clarify that I don’t mean whore in a bad way. She’s getting more action than anyone else on the playground, and she’s going to use that money to put herself through med school.
Although some of the Facebook reviews I read (because I’m literary like that) knocked The Second World for trying to cover so much territory, its breadth is one of my favorite qualities. Where else am I going to read about
Also, Khanna’s thesis is not just that the Big Three have to make good decisions, but that the Medium Many hold the future in their hands: They can decide which models to follow, who to trade with and how to spend the money they make from selling their goods and labor to first world countries.
It’s fascinating to read who’s headed for the first world (shout-out to
And why is the dollar suffering? See the whole “playground bully” thing. The book ends on a hopeful but nevertheless mou
I hope Barack Obama has read this book. I hope it’s not too late. But it’s also inspiring to read about all the second-world countries and realize that, contrary to American popular belief, not living in the
I think this will be an interesting book to have knocking around in my head as I knock around in Oaxaca, the second-world home of lots of old-fashioned Indian-slaughtering (back in the day, and maybe in an economic kind of way more recently?) and lots of Indians who managed not to get slaughtered, not to mention a booming art scene (so I read) and fabulous mole sauce.