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Cliff wrote:

> Thank you for setting me straight on the realities of
> life in your country and the need for small children
> to work in sweat shops in order to survive. Those
> children apparently are quite fortunate that
> employment opportunities exist to earn 9 cents a day
> to survive. That's sad - but what is sadder is your
> apparent cold reaction to the situation - to
> paraphrase ".As per the first tenet of Capitalism.
> there's nothing we can do about it."  You sound like a
> typical engineer who did not have enough liberal arts
> courses in college.

And it is the saddest, that you being an American do not know the basic concepts of Capitalism.  I think it is you, who did not have enough of the liberal arts, so you do not have any idea about economic principles. It is also sad that it took an immigrant Russian Ayn Rand to remind a generation of Americans what
Capitalism is about. (now this is my 10% a "tongue in cheek" comment and 90%
a natural reaction that I am certain everyone would agree is human nature).

Capitalism is about generation of wealth. It is also about recognition of
human psyche, and thus also about recognizing the right ownership of that
wealth. You first have to generate wealth only then you can distribute it,
or give it away, or help others with it. If there is no wealth generated,
how can you distribute it. Almost a century of Russian experiment against
capitalism (together with all the East European countries) has resulted in
such a depletion of wealth, which is there for everyone to see, and it is
sad that Americans are the ones who cannot see. Which reminds me of a quote
"Someone who was not a communist at the age of 18 does not have a heart, and
someone who is still a communist at the age of 40 does not have a brain".

It is not my fault that I am born in a country, whose leaders chose to
follow a socialist path after independence (1947), but since 1990 we have
started liberalizing and following capitalism to quite an extent. Also in a
country of 1 billion people it is not easy to change things easily, and it
will take time to change things around. But I can see signs of creation of
wealth, which is what will ultimately free those children from their bad
fortune, and save the factory workers from losing their limbs. And that is
what I am trying to do, create wealth, here in India, and not immigrate to
US or UK to have a comfortable life for myself as millions of my fellow
countrymen do. Also making a law banning say child labor in current day
India, would be like signing a death warrant for them.

Back to the original point, about banning outsourcing, or not permitting
foreign engineers to work on US jobs, as I said in my earlier post, will
ultimately be the most harmful to US, as it will render US uncompetitive in
the world market in relation to those countries who do not make such a law.
Besides, the entire US consumer population will be forced to pay a higher
price for the services, which they can get at a lower price. Why should
they?  Is it because some people who are involved in that field can drive a
limo instead of a convertible. That is what I imply by a MINOR disturbance.

Pankaj Gupta
Structures Online