29 Feb '12, 1pm

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Free marketeers and green-minded people tend to converge on a single belief — that electronic goods such as Apple iPhones and iPads are inherently unsustainable. Making such goods is only possible, the story goes, because of the unbearable mistreatment of workers who make those products, and the extraction of raw materials under environmentally destructive conditions. Treat workers fairly, and extract rare earths and such in ways that don’t degrade the ecology, and costs would explode — your iPad would carry the price tag of a small car. This argument is sometimes made by those who don’t want to see anything done about the horrible treatment of workers in places like Foxconn in China, where nets have been placed to catch workers driven to attempting suicide by jumping from building windows and roofs. Sometimes it is made by those who think this whole technological civiliza...

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