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Disposable People by Kevin Bales
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Jan 04, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

This book's strength lies a) in exposing the variety of slavery in today's world, b) not overstating his argument, and c) proposing concrete actions for readers. Five chapters detail five different kinds of slavery with facts and without hyperbole.

Bales as much as admits to one weakness of the argument. Only the conditions in Mauritania will strike most readers as true slavery, rather than wage slavery or exploitation (though the sex workers in Thailand are perhaps in worse conditions than the slaves of Mauritania).

More should be made of the situation in Mauritania, where the U.S. is supporting the current regime (tacitly condoning slavery) in order to oppose fundamentalist Islam.

If he is going to take on the kind of exploitation taking place in Brazil, he should expand the argument further to draw parallels with more common forms of wage slavery and economic exploitation.
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