Thank you, Judy. As you well know, I'm not a scholar of anything. I have
only my prejudices to go by. I call them my Mama's teachings. I'm
convinced that even for moral philosophers their own personal morality is
what Mama taught them -- gut-wise at least -- or the reverse in rejection of
her. Given the chance, all men are honest and decent and hard-working and
even loving -- provided their mothers raised them to be that way. But cheat
them, they'll cheat back. As well they should for that's how their mothers
taught them. Except the saints among us. There are the saints among us,
the Jesuses and the Gandhis and the Martin Luther Kings, all those anonymous
souls who give their lives to NGO's fighting starvation or the Doctors
Without Borders people struggling anonymosly to save human lives -- people
who transcend their own histories to call us all to a greater vision of
ourselves. There's something grossly out of place culturally in our knowing
George Bush's name and none of theirs. But who doesn't know Brad Pitt? Who
knows Dennis Kucinnich
MG> I wish it believed that Unions were the answer.
at least ours talk the talk
but I agree they can never be the only solution. A strong Health and Safety Executive (ours is well-intentioned but understaffed and lacking in political clout), tort suits with hefty damages allied to prosecution of employers who break the law, will have some effect...
it was cheaper to move than pay decent wages. Now MG> they're leaving the South for Mexico, China, India -- wherever, MG> it's cheaper. And as soon as another country offers tax breaks, MG> they'll up and move again. It's the global economy.
Yes -- we need a proper Trade Union International...
I can't wait until they MG> curse us for sponging off their system and not even speaking the MG> language.
I once taught a very OK Mexican lawyer who might be able to help you out... he speaks and writes English like an angel (French, too, his wife's French), and he won't call you deportee
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