This is Why Stuff is Cheap in America: Pollution Photos from China

Via China Hush:

China's Pollution

On  October 14, 2009, the 30th annual awards ceremony of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund took place at the Asia Society in New York City. Lu Guang from People’s Republic of China won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his documentary project “Pollution in China.”

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  • Andrew

    Of course there’s no chance all of that coupled with widespread deforestation and extinctions could have any effect on the climate.

  • Andrew

    Of course there’s no chance all of that coupled with widespread deforestation and extinctions could have any effect on the climate.

  • rtb61

    You are not just importing the products, corporations are endeavouring to import those working conditions. That’s what they are talking about when they say compete, competing with wages as cents per hour and working conditions which will destroy the country for decades to come.
    The last fifty years of advancements in mechanisation and automation have all been abandoned in China because wages slaves are cheaper and readily disposable because of a lower capital investment. The government trains them and their parents bring the up ready for their blood to be used to oil the gears of industry and the profits of corporate psychopaths.

  • Anonymous

    You are not just importing the products, corporations are endeavouring to import those working conditions. That’s what they are talking about when they say compete, competing with wages as cents per hour and working conditions which will destroy the country for decades to come.
    The last fifty years of advancements in mechanisation and automation have all been abandoned in China because wages slaves are cheaper and readily disposable because of a lower capital investment. The government trains them and their parents bring the up ready for their blood to be used to oil the gears of industry and the profits of corporate psychopaths.

  • SikterEfendi

    Just let the free market economy work and you’ll have starving Americans buying cheap junk from starving Chinese to line up the pockets of .1% rich on either side. Continue screaming about Socialism and Communism taking over your country while you are at it.

  • Anonymous

    Just let the free market economy work and you’ll have starving Americans buying cheap junk from starving Chinese to line up the pockets of .1% rich on either side. Continue screaming about Socialism and Communism taking over your country while you are at it.

  • emperorreagan

    Not having to deal with health, safety, and environmental regulations is just a few more percentage points of profit for the greedy companies that have offshored their manufacturing operations.And a few more dollars in the pockets of politicians who they’ve bribed to write laws favorable to this way of doing business. Germany has manufacturing because the government wrote their laws to nurture their manufacturing base; the US has a gutted manufacturing base because the politicians wrote laws that enable Nike to get slaves in south east Asia to make their shoes while bathing their children in rivers of toxins.

    • Andrew

      I’m all for private property and think money is a generally good invention, but when a tire company has to compete in the stock market with a banana company for maximum profit, everything besides the concentration of wealth cannot but deteriorate.

      • emperorreagan

        I think corporations should have relatively strict social benefit clauses in their charters and should be dissolved when they act in bad faith (like AIG, Goldman, etc. in the latest debacle).

        I also think the scale of business makes a big difference. I think when you’re dealing with small-scale business, profit motive can be a good thing. It encourages people to be innovative. As the scale increases, I think you find business being more prone to pursuing profits through other means – dabbling in financial services, absorbing smaller, profitable businesses, buying votes in the government to get various financial incentives or weakening of rules, etc. It’s an easier way to make money than actually doing anything useful or innovative.

        I also agree that the nature of the stock market now is a huge part of the problem. There is no incentive whatsoever to invest in long term research & development and every incentive to make the quickest profit possible – and there is absolutely zero accountability for the executives that make the decisions. Worst case scenario for the head of a major company is a multi-million dollar buyout. You have to be the unluckiest guy in the world to actually end up as a scapegoat, like Bernie Madoff.

  • emperorreagan

    Not having to deal with health, safety, and environmental regulations is just a few more percentage points of profit for the greedy companies that have offshored their manufacturing operations.And a few more dollars in the pockets of politicians who they’ve bribed to write laws favorable to this way of doing business. Germany has manufacturing because the government wrote their laws to nurture their manufacturing base; the US has a gutted manufacturing base because the politicians wrote laws that enable Nike to get slaves in south east Asia to make their shoes while bathing their children in rivers of toxins.

  • Andrew

    I’m all for private property and think money is a generally good invention, but when a tire company has to compete in the stock market with a banana company for maximum profit, everything besides the concentration of wealth cannot but deteriorate.

  • Cerbralcaustic

    “You can bet the rent money that the left will show little or no interest in how Chinese by the millions are rising out of poverty every year. The left showed far more interest in China back when it was run by Mao in far left fashion — and when millions of Chinese were starving. [...] Since wealth is the only thing that can cure poverty, you might think that the left would be as obsessed with the creation of wealth as they are with the redistribution of wealth. But you would be wrong.”

    Thomas Sowell

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-1_10_06_TS.html

  • Hadrian999

    obsession with the creation of wealth is what is wrong with so many people

  • Andrew

    The environment is far more important that the economy. The environment is a physical requirement for human life; money is merely an intellectual construct.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what I was talking about, thank you for responding to my call to “continue screaming about Socialism and Communism taking over your country”.

    Little obsessed with “the left”, are we? An arguably totalitarian regime is “lifting a million people a month out of poverty” while “the beacon of the free world” is rapidly gaining the third world status.It’s sad, but a once great nation is nothing but an empire in rapid decline.

  • emperorreagan

    I think corporations should have relatively strict social benefit clauses in their charters and should be dissolved when they act in bad faith (like AIG, Goldman, etc. in the latest debacle).

    I also think the scale of business makes a big difference. I think when you’re dealing with small-scale business, profit motive can be a good thing. It encourages people to be innovative. As the scale increases, I think you find business being more prone to pursuing profits through other means – dabbling in financial services, absorbing smaller, profitable businesses, buying votes in the government to get various financial incentives or weakening of rules, etc. It’s an easier way to make money than actually doing anything useful or innovative.

    I also agree that the nature of the stock market now is a huge part of the problem. There is no incentive whatsoever to invest in long term research & development and every incentive to make the quickest profit possible – and there is absolutely zero accountability for the executives that make the decisions. Worst case scenario for the head of a major company is a multi-million dollar buyout. You have to be the unluckiest guy in the world to actually end up as a scapegoat, like Bernie Madoff.

  • Anonymous

    You mis-spelled your own screen name “Cerbral”.

    It would be a fair guess that you are the troll formerly known as “Vox Penii”

    The “quote-master” returns.

    Smoooooooches!

  • Hypnos1

    Shoppers at Walmart should have to look at these on their way in to buy 99c plastic toys.

  • Hypnos1

    Shoppers at Walmart should have to look at these on their way in to buy 99c plastic toys.

  • Sharpie.

    That’s china’s fault that they’re natural resources are getting polluted.

    the have faulty resource protection laws, an overpopulated state, insanely cheap labor and manufacturing, and a market that is saturated with greedy ceo’s.

    in america, yes we are run by greed, but our laws at least some-what protect our natural resources. too bad the only trade off is poverty…

  • Sharpie.

    That’s china’s fault that they’re natural resources are getting polluted.

    the have faulty resource protection laws, an overpopulated state, insanely cheap labor and manufacturing, and a market that is saturated with greedy ceo’s.

    in america, yes we are run by greed, but our laws at least some-what protect our natural resources. too bad the only trade off is poverty…

  • Hadrian999

    obsession with the creation of wealth is what is wrong with so many people

  • Andrew

    The environment is far more important that the economy. The environment is a physical requirement for human life; money is merely an intellectual construct.

  • SikterEfendi

    Exactly what I was talking about, thank you for responding to my call to “continue screaming about Socialism and Communism taking over your country”.

    Little obsessed with “the left”, are we? An arguably totalitarian regime is “lifting a million people a month out of poverty” while “the beacon of the free world” is rapidly gaining the third world status.It’s sad, but a once great nation is nothing but an empire in rapid decline.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    You mis-spelled your own screen name “Cerbral”.

    It would be a fair guess that you are the troll formerly known as “Vox Penii”

    The “quote-master” returns.

    Smoooooooches!