p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:-In factories, all over the world’s largest economy, little replicators punch out iPhqnes, Blackbarries, Soni Laptops and anything else you want as you long as you require 50 or more, or one container or more.
These “replicated” devices look the same as the real product but have subtle differences, usually at the software or firmware level, and the replicator shops have kindly re-badged them so there’s no confusion between the real thing, and the clone – eg, iPhone and iPHQNE
Do we as people of Planet earth care? Shit no dude! Not as long as we can get the latest “Toy” for cheaper than everyone else – we don’t.
But in fact, every time you buy a “bargain” from an overseas manufacturer, it has a direct invisible effect on you and your family, your neighbours, and Mrs Mecklovitz down the street.
Huh!? But everyone does it? Yes – everyone does. But there’s a huge cost to our economies in lost jobs, income from exports, increasing balance of payments deficits, social welfare /unemployment insurance, divorces, household separations, juvenile crime increase, suicide and almost every other “bad statistic” you can read about in the Newspapers.
But you won’t find the newspapers telling you about this.
The media Barons shareholders and close associates caused this problem. By moving their “manufacturing operations” to offshore countries to save on labour costs, they stole your jobs, insuring their profit margins increased with the lower labour costs.
Imagine a large war-room scenario where the top brass are all looking up at a big screen – Mexican Pesos are down – Good – Order an extra 5,000 PCs from Mexico please, Taiwan Dollar just went up 4% – OK – cancel that order of 5,000,000 ipod headphones.
The Big Business companies have for 50 years been moving operations offshore and rotating their manufacturing orders to suit wage scales.
There’s fighting and demonstrations in the streets in Beijing. Good open that new DVD plant up there. And so on.
But this is where the chicken cut off its own head. It underestimated the capacity of the “cheap labour” to learn, to adapt.
When you give a proud self sustaining Bantu tribesman of the Serengeti plains a fishing pole with a lifetime of hooks – he says Thanks — and continues to catch fish with his spear.
When you teach an entire nation of people who’ve lived under an oppressive regime all their lives the way to make more profit is to move manufacturing plant from the West to the East and pay minimum wage, you’re throwing yourself on the spit, covering yourself in barbeque sauce and lighting the match.
Why does big business behave like this ?
Because shareholders expect a return, executives expect bonuses and both shareholders and executives are usually in it for the short term (3-5 years) return “get rich quick” – the capitalist impossible dream.
In this manner, big industry has trained their competition in the very factories they set-up so they could extract more profit margin from us. And so it’s been since industrialization and the subsequent two world wars.
As the United States culture was introduced to nations across the world by American soldiers integrating into the nations of invaded countries, it was followed by Hollywood films espousing the desirability of consumerism and developed a “me to” replicating behaviorism”.
P2P is the excuse for ACTA
ACTA has been designed to prevent “replicated” goods from crossing national borders.
What took Hollywood a generation in each country to market and sell, the Whitehouse is attempting to fix overnight by creating a behemoth with unlimited estoppel powers that ostensibly has only one role — prevent emerging nations from becoming bigger than the US.
American capitalism and the 20s consumerism created the Great Depression in the30s, which history has shown was a land grab by the banks.
It’s repeated again now, facilitated by clone manufacturers, but on a scale never before seen or imaginable.
Replicas are cool. Replicas are cheap. Replicas are F*&^$% up your future.
China, Vietnam, Cambodia, The Philippines, Brazil and Spain are the real targets of ACTA, but just as any war, the civilian casualties (P2P file shares) will be high.
Big corporations are paying the lobbyists to make it happen.
If you love your home, and your family and Mrs Mecklovitz down the street, don’t allow this to happen.
But you can make a difference.
Pick a Manufacturer – any Manufacturer whose products you’ve purchased in the past. Google them to see if they have operations in China, Vietnam, Brazil, Philippines.
Write them a letter telling them you wont be buying their products until they close those plants and open one in your home town.
Tell them you believe you should buy local, but only if they manufacture local. And tell them because they take jobs overseas, you to see any difference in you buying replicated fake products built by their ex-employees in China or Vietnam.
What happens if you do nothing ?
Imagine a world where 1.3 billion people get pissed off because their output is stopped at the border by ACTA Corp.
If 1.3 billion start to starve – what will their real options be?
There’s a theory in the real war-rooms around the world. It’s called the total annihilation option. If we’ve lost everything and our people are leaderless, foodless and waterless, fire all missiles.
And all because you bought that I95 on eBay and saved $500.
So vote no to ACTA, and buy locally made products as often as you can. And whenever you buy anything anywhere – first ask the storekeeper a question —-
—- excuse me but was this made here?
Tom Koltai – p2pnet
[Koltai is an economist in Sydney Australia. He's says he's been online for 26 years, has run several ISPs and, "lobbied governments in four countries to prevent Internet restrictive usage legislation from being enacted". He says he's a strong believer in P2P, "as being a technological requirement to fully exploit the convergence of telephony with computers and remove the last barriers to human communication and interaction".]
April 8, 2009
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