HIGHTOWER: Let's Hear It for Sweatshops!

Time for another Gooberhead Award, presented periodically to some figure in the news who's got his tongue rolling, but forgot to put his brain in gear.

Today we celebrate Mr. Jonah Goldberg, editor of National Review Online, a Web publication that blissfully parrots the ideology, agenda, and propaganda of the corporate elite. In an article for the National Review, our Goober of the day attempted to put a little yellow smiley sticker on (get ready): sweatshops! Yes, indeed, Goldberg (who's clearly a guy who never had to do any heavy lifting), exults that the low-wage, abusive, polluted, child-exploiting, hell holes called sweatshops "are actually a good thing." He adds that "sweatshops, all in all, equal progress," and that sweatshop workers around the world are "happy." If ignorance is bliss, this guy must be ecstatic.

Not content merely to chirp about the joys of doing sweatshop labor, Goldberg chose to assail the students, churches, unions, human rights advocates, and other people of good will who are standing up to the corporate profiteers that sustain the global sweatshop system. He mocks this growing political movement as "sweatshop chic," and dismisses the people in it as " dour feminists and moth-balled Marxists." Of course, if the movement consisted only of dour feminists and Marxists, National Review's corporate patrons wouldn't be worried about it, and Goldberg wouldn't be writing about it.

But write he does, writing himself into such an absurdist hole that he even sings the praises of child labor! We shouldn't be troubled that the rugs, silverware, toys, and other consumers goods we buy are made by eight-year-olds, he assures us, because in the Third World "it is natural to view your child as an economic asset." No, Jonah, it's "natural" everywhere to view your child as a child -- who ought to be in school.

This is Jim Hightower saying -- Goldberg also asserts that the anti-sweatshop movement "is a war on development." No again Jonah -- it's a war on sweatshops.

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