The Clueless on Development

In some cases, the reductive seduction can actively cause harm. In its early years, TOMS Shoes — which has become infamous for its “buy one give one” business model, wherein they give a pair of shoes for every one sold — donated American-made shoes, which put local shoe factory workers out of jobs (they’ve since changed their supply chain).

[Retch]. This is so wrong, that I expect the reader to be wise enough to understand the elementary fallacy. Of course charities destroy jobs. That’s a good thing. People like these writers are precisely those who are actively hurting development today. Chinese manufacturing employment was flat from 1990 to 2000. There’s nothing wrong per se with job destruction!

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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