Chris Blattman

Picture of the day? Irony. Bitter irony.

JCIzXVTFrom here. Sadly no details.

Update: A commenter points me to this Brazilian publication. In Google Translate’s view, it reads:

A factory in Sao Goncalo, the metropolitan area of ​​Rio, is producing per day, about 800 masks model “Anonymous” – an activist group popular throughout the world. The pieces are supplying the demand of the protesters who are going to the streets in Rio and other states to protest against the governments.

– What surprises me is that we are selling more items for individuals who for shops. A person comes to us and takes about 300, 400 masks, while the resale companies are buying about 60 – says Olga Valles, administrative partner Condal factory.

Via @GrahamWJenkins and @HayesBrown


228 Responses

  1. Why is it that people feel the need to belittle others attempts at making a stand against the the dominant? When we finally have no rights and cannot make public comment or protest with out being shot or made to disappear you will regret your stupid armchair rages because you your self will be working in the sweatshops that some people are against! BTW I agree, this appears to be a factory where people are earning a living in order to feed their families etc. What makes this a sweatshop? This just highlights for me what a bunch of sheep are being led by the media bahahahahah. And you all jump up and down and start eating each other instead of thinking for yourselves for a second. Fools.

  2. Could you please explain the irony here? Is everyone who protests their government/income inequality/sweatshops/surveillance/etc automatically expected to renounce all goods created through capitalist production? For instance, even though I am adamantly against the NSA gathering my personal data, I still use the internet regularly. What a hypocrite, I know!

    This is the sort of shallow critique which is used to belittle the aims of movements without actually engaging with the issues. (Actually, as people have pointed out, it’s not entirely clear this is exploitative either). A little bit surprising that a professor of political science would not put a little more nuance on the issue.

  3. So, two people shown working in a mask shop, painting masks makes it a sweatshop? jeez…

  4. I don’t get the irony. No evidence that this is a sweatshop at all, it’s just people making masks in some kind of factory…I don’t think the people who use them are especially against factories?

  5. The picture shows a factory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that produces mostly for Carnival, which is a highly subversive (and therefore political) affair. Even though the image is suggestive, the type of industry & the strenght of Brazilian labor laws gives me pause before I brand it as a sweatshop.

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