Buying from Chinese Companies
Q&A Radio: 31 March 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on buying from Chinese companies on 31 March 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Is it moral to buy products from Chinese companies? Recently I discovered several online companies based in China that sell clothing of reasonable quality for very low prices. I've made a few purchases, and I am happy with the items received. But I wonder: is it moral to purchase goods made in a communist country? Granted China has changed a lot in the past two decades, but the communists still rule in a totalitarian fashion. Am I supporting that kind of regime by sending my money there, or am I supporting the entrepreneurial class which might exist in China?
My Answer, In Brief: In today's global economy, it's not possible to avoid Chinese-made goods – and it's perfectly moral to buy them because China is not a communist dictatorship or other enemy.
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