So, what does this make, as far as things liberals aren't allowed to eat because they are exploitive? Grapes, lettuce, coffee (unless it's Starbucks), meat... Now we know the real cause of hunger in America. :D
Seriously, I doubt that it's that much cheaper to farm cacao/cocoa/whatever in Africa.
But you never know. Apparently American farmers think that bell peppers are worth $1.68 a piece, and watermelons $7.50. I bought an apple the other day that was $1.42.... one dollar and forty two cents for an apple!
On the bright side, frozen blueberries and frozen blackberries are delicious and cost a fraction of what Publix thinks the fresh ones are worth. I'm not going to pay $4.58 for 20 or 30 blackberries.... the fucking things grow wild. So does asparagus. Are there really people who must have these things and will pay whatever the asking price is?
What allows non-violently achieved wealth to happen is division of labor. Bill Gates cannot be rich if he has to do the same things in the course of a day that you and I have to do. The idea of a just society is that we would value the work of the laborer as much as we do the professional.
Who makes us safer and allows us to prosper? A prison guard or a doctor? The answer is that they both do. The prison guard keeps the criminals locked up so we can sleep at night and work in the daytime and the doctor keeps our illnesses and pains at bay so we can sleep at night and work in the daytime.
While doctoring might always be considerably better paid than prison guard, the reason there is such disparity isn't because of the things we are told to admire in doctors, ie how long they went to school and how long it took to become a doctor. The real reason is that the number of doctors is artificially controlled to keep demand higher than supply and to feed the false sense of security the public has that their doctors must be good to have made it through the gauntlet of medical school.
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