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Those Foxconn workers would be worse off without their job (otherwise, why not quit?). Of course, when you have millions of employees, there will inevitably be some nut-jobs among them.[1]

Also, I think you misunderstand the meaning of externalities. From Wikipedia:[2]

In economics, an externality, or transaction spillover, is a cost or benefit not transmitted through prices that is incurred by a party who did not agree to the action causing the cost or benefit.

As far as I know, everyone part of the iPhone manufacturing process agreed so.

Disclosure: I live a few blocks away from the Foxconn's plant in Shenzhen.

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9006988...

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externality

When capitalists have a monopoly on land and the means of production, workers may not be forced to work for a particular boss, but they absolutely are forced to work for some boss in order to survive, which results in exploitation. Thus, while in a trivial sense Foxconn workers agreed to work and may even be better off with their job than with any other available possibility, in no sense could you say that their association was voluntary.



That must be the Longhua plant (Foxcon City) because no way I would want to live near the Guanlan one ;-). I spent a few weeks at the Guanlan iPhone factory at the end of 2010, debugging my device driver.


Yes, near the Longhua plant ;)


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