- Apr 26, 2020
- United Kingdom
Turns out, economic desperation and a dearth of good alternatives will drive people to accept inferior terms of employment. They have agency and choice, yes-- within a severely limited set of options, and with intense pressure to go for one under threat of destitution. Hardly a free or fair choice.They are willing to do the labor for less there. That is it. That is how it isn't exploitation. Employees have agency, and have decided making TVs is worth that pay. As it turns out, poor people arent soulless robots after all.
I'd make a comparison with the family of a kidnapping victim, handed a ransom by the kidnapper. They have agency, because they have the choice to pay or not to pay! They're willing to pay! So it's hardly exploitation to put them in that situation, then, is it!?
Or, y'know, maybe context actually matters.