Fair trade, trade fair, train fare. They are all about making money. Fair is nothing to do with treating people well, and everything to do with selling things to people, persuading people, manipulating people, to buy things. Or even manipulating people to sell themselves.
Fair Trade is a manipulation of the words to trick us into thinking we are helping people, a bit like a charity. I don’t think fair trade is any fairer than any other remote trade. It’s Far Trade, far away, so we can’t see what’s going on.
If the trade was really fair, the foreign workers growing our coffee, tea, chocolate etc would be paid the same wage they would get over here, and be allowed to spend it on what they like. Maybe then they could afford to visit our country, like we can theirs, that sounds fair doesn’t it? But they are paid a local wage, and the extra money is invested in schools and hospitals for them. We dictate what we think is right for them. They can’t do it for themselves, we are told, because they are primitive and poor. We are “helping” them.
The schools will indoctrinate their children, bringing them into line with the Western world, training them to be tricked just like we have been. The children are taken away from their families into school, and away from the influence of their tribes and communities, thus breaking the links that hand down ancient wisdoms and skills.
The hospitals will poison them, experiment on them and collect data, whilst professing to treat the illnesses that have been created by the control. Schools and hospitals are either forced upon them, or they have been persuaded it’s for their own good. Either way, the marketing photos will lead us to believe the workers are very happy working hard to grow our coffee, tea and chocolate. It’s important to us that these people enjoy serving us.
At some point back in time, some slave traders, or European settlers, or corporation, or other invading force, would have come to these foreign people and stolen their land, and said “We own the land”. The people then have to pay rent to live and work their own land. How do they get the money to pay the rent? They have to work for the invaders to get the money to pay the rent to the invaders. The invaders then have the money straight back again, and the cycle continues like a treadmill. And we are told these foreign workers should count themselves lucky because they have been given jobs.
Fair Trade is no different from any other world trade scenario, except for the addition of the imposed social control, the hospitals and schools. It’s no different from the housing setup in the UK either, that’s why most of us feel we are on a treadmill too.
We could let them have their land back. That would be fair, wouldn’t it? Oh, wait a minute, if they didn’t need to pay the rent, they wouldn’t need to earn the money, then they would have time and energy to look after their own children and grow their own food. They wouldn’t relinquish their kids for indoctrination, and I don’t think they would want to grow our chocolate and tea and coffee for us either. What could we offer them in return if they didn’t need a continuous supply of money?
(See also earlier posts: Why I Need Money, Taxing, The Queen’s Debt, The Pyramid Game)