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December 14, 2007

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Ed

So we does MEC keep getting our goods built in China? The have horrific labour practices and treat some citizen like the Nazis treated the Jews.
Would MEC source goods from Nazi Germany if the Co-Op was up and running in the 30s and 40s?
I think they would.
Here's an Indy media comparison fo the two:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74819

HC

Hi Ed,

Thank you for your serious thoughts. There is no doubt that the Chinese regime will do anything within its means to stay in power. We do not agree with this.

The reason we source from China is stated on the following hyperlink

http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp;jsessionid=HmN4sQtJhBJvVBhH3nyynkFP29WG32xqBr16yDFdGnzLRNpnlJx5!1379157919?page=sourcing&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396038947&bmLocale=en&bmUID=1197919609580

By the way, almost every electronic device in your student life (computer, cell phone, TV, microwave, MP3) is made or partially made in China. Futhermore, a good portion or your student loans and standard of living is dependent on the Chinese purchases of US Tbills and securities. In other words, China is becoming a major player in the global financial markets.

None of this diminishes the valid insight of your comment or the repugnance of dictatorships. It only highlights how interdependent the global economy is and how much our lives rely on China and the developing world. This economic reality plus our conviction that engagement leads to change explains why we are in China.

HC

DF

Interesting article - that sort of empty building is reminiscent of the USSR around the time it disintegrated. Some of those half-built buildings remain as worthless (or worse) relics of a failure. The same thing happening in China is unimaginable today, though I wonder if it will happen regardless, to the great detriment of the whole world.

Also of note is that Saint Paul wasn't talking primarily about living excessively and without moral parameters. The rest of the sentence reads "... but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Perhaps in this we also need to look further than the simple answer of Chinese inflation & Chinese excessiveness. Surely the source is related to our own greed and excessiveness. Regardless of how careful or environmentally friendly we are in our purchases, consuming less is better. Surely Saint Paul would've agreed with this: consume less & live more. "Then [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'" (NIV)

Will Lee

http://faithfamily.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/mountain-equipment-co-op-and-romans-623/

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