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Further, though, the TOMS campaign — like the million shirts — misses the fundamental point that not having a pair of shoes (or a shirt, christmas toy, etc.) is not a problem about not having shoes. It’s a problem of poverty. Shoelessness, such as it is, is a symptom of a much bigger and more complex problem. And while donating a pair of shoes helps shoelessness, it does not help poverty.
Things like jobs help poverty. Jobs making things like shoes, for example. But TOMS doesn’t make its shoes in Africa, it makes them in China where it’s presumably cheaper to make two pairs of shoes and give one away than it is to get people in a needier community to make one pair of shoes.
The result of this setup, as Zizek explains most succinctly, is that on a big-picture level, TOMS (and other buy-my-product-and-donate companies) are busy building the exploitative global structure that produces economic inequality, while on the other hand pretending that supporting them actually does something to fix it.
It doesn’t. It just gives people shoes."
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We wholeheartedly endorse the Strike Debt/Rolling Jubilee initiative, and any others like it that we might not be aware of. Regardless of your thoughts on the Occupy movement, taxes, entitlement programs, etc, it seems likely that we can all agree that this is an amazing way to help people in need. source
Things that make me smile today.
This whole movement gives me hope in humanity. The most heartwarming way to stick it to the man that I’ve ever heard of.
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