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The Center for Global Policy reports more than 570,000 Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in China, are being forced to pick cotton. The forced labor farms are in Xinjiang, the homeland of the Uighurs. Xinjiang produces about a fifth of the cotton used in the United States.

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  3. So is the Center for Global Policy for it or against it?

  4. Time to pull down that Chinese MLK statue.

  5. Where is the global condemnation of what the Chinese government is doing to the Uighurs? We have concentration death camps and genocide here. It’s a latter day Holocaust. I’m thinking that if Nazi German had produced plenty of consumer crap ultra-cheap, they too would have gotten a pass from the rest of the world and been left alone.

    1. I think a lot of the problem relates to the name, a homophone of “wiggers”. You tell people wiggers are in concentration death camps, they’ll say good, about time. And I’m not kidding. PR depends on lot on how it sounds.

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    2. It’s like what happened in the USSR. No one cares because they are communists.

      If you profess you are acting in the name of Marxism, you can get away with literally anything. Killing homosexuals? Racism? Mistreating women? All good if you are a Marxist or just hate capitalism.

  6. All the Liberals who think anyone born in the South is a descendent of slave-owning traitors and shares their guilt should head for China and emancipate those slaves.

    1. We need to acknowledge the fact that whites benefit from their historic racial oppression of Black people. As a white person, my ancestors helped fund the slave trading ships from the Amsterdam merchant houses. Once you realize that white privilege does exist and own up to that unfair advantage, the only reasonable and moral solution is a wealth transfer tax from white Americans to BIPOC Americans.

  7. As long as there’s no tariffs on any of this cotton, I don’t see what the problem is.

    1. Free trade will eventually lead to an opening of the Chinese society or so I’ve been told.

      1. Does anyone believe the opposite? That boycotting Chinese cotton will improve the lives of the Uighurs?

        1. Did boycotting South Africa cause the apartheid system to fall?

          1. There’s a big difference between a broad international boycott against a small nation. And the US alone trying to boycott another large internationally influential nation.

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        2. Not buying stolen property won’t stop thieves, so it’s ok to buy stolen property.

          1. The cotton itself is not stolen property.

            1. It is the product of stolen labor.

        3. The genie is out of the bottle, but once upon a time, it would have.

          We’ve made China rich. We’ve given them the power to dictate to the rest of the world, because everyone wants their cheap products made with dubious labor.

          Instead of China being freer, the rest of the world is essentially adopting China’s own values.

  8. The ChiComs aren’t exactly subtle, are they?

  9. History repeats itself. Biden is a latter day Neville Chamberlain type leader; weak, compromising, and temporizing. This issue cuts across party lines. Pelosi was responsible for arranging Uighurs to testify before Congress; Trump has not spoken out against it. A couple of ex Trump officials even stated that he hold Xi that the Camps were alright.

    1. Can’t wait to see how our federal government ruled by geriatrics responds to the new COVID mutations sprouting up around the world!

    2. History is repeating itself in that cotton is being picked by slave labor of people ethnically/racially distinct from the people in charge of the camps/plantations where it is being grown. That is the obvious parallel. It may be that picking cotton is just such unpleasant, unrewarding work that free people avoid it at almost any cost, making it always a prime candidate for assignment to slaves whenever slavery exists. Yet somehow the world did manage to grow cotton between 1865 and now.

  10. What an illuminating article exposing (or NOT) the Chinese Communist government’s slavery and other massive human rights abuses against Uighurs.

    While Reason has written thousands of articles trashing the US government, state and local governments, I don’t recall the last article in Reason criticizing the Chinese government or its policies.

  11. Good showing, Reason, Oliver writes on concentration camps and modern day slavery in a three-sentence milquetoast piece in Brickbat. The analysis is deep, the condemnation strong.

    1. Just as Pooh Bear wants.

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  13. Who cares. They don’t belong in China. They should’ve left when they had their chance.

    1. They aren’t in China. They’re in Altishahr. The Chinese are imperialists occupying Altishahr, like the Manchus before them.

  14. This is a very good argument for automated AI planting, cultivating, nourishing, irrrigation, harvesting, and ginning of cotton. hemp, indigo, saffron, and other labor-intensive commodities. Maybe incorporate Genetic Modification and create a species of cotton that sheds its own product without picking.

    Eli Whitney only automated the last step in the cotton production process. Pick up where Eli Whitney sadly left off, automate agriculture completely, make slavery more trouble than it is worth, and slavery will finally be eliminated from this Planet.

  15. I should add that Red China’s treatment of the Muslim Uighurs is no way to practice counter-Jihad!

    If you want to de-fuse the spread of Islamist Jihad ideology, start by treating Muslim non-combatants like the human beings they’ve probably never been treated like in their entire lives.

    Let the Muslim woman know that she doesn’t have to die of a heatstroke in the Summertime by wearing a black circus tent, that she can at least remove her head cove and nobody in the store will tell anyone.

    Tell the children of Muslim parents that life on Earth can have more to offer than the illusions of Seven Heavens, and no dynamite vests are required to achieve these great things.

    Tell them that dignity, unlike their idea of “honor,” is something nobody else’s mere word can take away.

    Tell them that rational thought and productive work accomplishes more than facing Mecca and praying 5 times a day.

    You shouldn’t be pushy with it, of course, but let them all know that if they ever want alcohol, a barbecue pork plate, a Secular book, or a porn mag, or even all of them at once, they are always welcome.

    Little things like this go a long way towards stopping a death cult without setting up death camps.

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