December 3, 2020

If there’s one thing you’d think Democrats and Republicans could agree on, it’s that using forced labor to make your products (you know: slavery) is bad. Republicans had to fight Democrats over that point in the 1860s, but they seem to have come around. Indeed, in September, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill to ban products made by forced labor in China, passed the House 406-3 and is expected to soon pass in the Senate.

But now, there are reports that some major corporations have hired lobbyists to try to water down some of the provisions of the bill.

These companies include Coca-Cola, Apple and – what ho! – that ultra-woke critic of American injustice, Nike. The companies deny that they’re trying to weaken the bill or that they use forced labor. Nike replied that its lobbying efforts were merely “constructive discussions with staff of the Congressional Commission aimed at eliminating forced labor and protecting human rights.”

Meanwhile, China has denied alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs and claims that what have been described as concentration camps are actually “training centers.”

So everything’s all right then!

Oh, wait, to quote Columbo, just one more thing: Rick Moran of PJ Media reports that prominent leftist attorney and MSNBC contributor Neal Katyal, who became a darling of the left when he fought Trump’s travel ban (NOT a “Muslim ban”), was just at the Supreme Court representing corporate food giants Nestle and Cargill in a lawsuit filed by several actual former child slaves. They were kidnapped in Mali and brought to work on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast.

Katyal made several compassionate legal arguments for why the former child slave laborers didn’t have the right to sue in the US, which didn’t seem to impress the Justices very much. Moran has more details at the link, along with the astute observation that fighting on behalf of big corporations against former child slaves will probably not make a dent in his cred among leftists. He’s already virtue signaled so hard that having no actual virtue is irrelevant.

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  • dave allen

    12/03/2020 11:41 AM

    your title should be "Forced labor is bad ... right?"