Of course, getting shot violates individual rights. I’ll have to look into this. Usually living standards are raised when new industries open up shop in depressed countries.
Sorta. The local economy becomes entirely dependent upon that industry, to the point of being referred to as a cargo cult, of a sort.
I never remember hearing how Central America went from free to tyrannical.
Me neither, though I may excuse myself, somewhat, being only 2 years old at the time. For context, that was the year my sister was born. Don’t remember that, either. The puppet was named Augusto Pinochet (sp?)
What’s Coke’s motive? How do they profit? They sell tons of soft drinks around the world without murdering anyone. It doesn’t make sense but then again, I’m a skeptic. I’ll check it out. Thanks.
Money. And complete control of the labour force. The day before the execution of a union leader, the hourly factory wage was $3 and change. The day after, it would go back to $1. Coke’s response waffled, from claiming it didn’t happen, to saying that it was the bottler’s business, and not theirs. Precedence had been set in a previous, similar case, that nullified this position. I think it was against Nestle, who’s bottlers were sucking village wells dry, but I don’t recall for sure.
Sometimes it’s to save money, but not the wages themselves. Sometimes rights are violated to boost production, as in the case of Dole, which continued to use a pesticide long after the manufacturer, Dow, ceased to sell it, and had issued letters to clients to discontinue its use. It causes sterility in men. After using up its stockpile, Dole demanded Dow continue to provide it, citing the contract to do so. Dow did, after Dole signed an agreement releasing Dow from “future litigation” resulting in its use.
Money was awarded to a number of workers that had been exposed - the stuff literally dripping onto them as they worked. This was from a court in the US set up to hear complaints from alien nationals vs’s international corporations with holdings in the US.