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The Apple Boycotts (and why they are misguided)

I’ve been party to a lot of unfortunate discussion regarding the NY Times Apple article about Foxconn in China. Working conditions all over the world, especially in poor, less-developed countries, are deplorable and no one is disputing that.

The issue I have is with the anti-Apple bias to the article and the myriad of idiots dog-piling on without any awareness of the issues or idea of their scope.

Well thankfully, someone has written the article I was hoping for because it echoes what I’ve been saying but backs it up with more salient facts and figures than I’ve been able to find.

It’s not surprising that the Android fans that are calling for Apple’s shut down of Foxconn conveniently fail to mention the suicides at Samsung factories. Or that the Samsung plants have been linked to leukemia in the workers there as well.

Please, don’t confuse those people with the facts. They have their pitchforks and torches at the ready and they have been looking for a castle to burn for a while now.

Here is a great quote from the article above about the laughable Apple boycotts.

It is precisely because Apple manufactures in China that conditions for manufacturing workers in China are getting better. Better at a rate never before seen in human history. And if we were to be realistic about this, instead of spouting nonsense, then we would recognise this basic fact.

And it is that last which is the most important fact about it all. Far from a boycott of Apple products being the best way to better conditions at the manufacturing plants it is the purchase of products from such plants which is, as it has been for the past few decades, making China a richer and better place.

Boycotting Apple for better Foxconn wages and conditions is like having sex for virginity. Entirely counter-productive and exactly the wrong thing to be doing.

Well said.