Socratic Seminar: Fear Factory
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Turn over your computer, that iPad we've been coveting, your shirt tag, your cucumber, your bag of sugar cane, your sofa where was it made? Who do you think made it there? How much do they make per hour? How many hours per week? Where do they live and with how many others? Do they belong to a union? Will they be fired, or worse, sentenced to years in prison for talking to a union? What happens if they get injured from a product used in the making of your good? Will they get unemployment? Will they get medical treatment? Will they be fired for it? Will they ever find work again? Are they afraid? And if the worst is true, is it worth it?
What do you picture when you hear the words "human trafficking?" Often, cases of sexual exploitation or large factories come to mind. However, it has broader implications than those: it reaches your dinner table, your car, the clothing on your back, the phone in your hand. It happens here at home, it happens to women with college degrees, to people working in our farms, and it's why we have access to handmade goods at such low prices. Could we function as we want to as a society without human trafficking? What if everything you purchased suddenly cost 26% more? Is it worth it? Does it threaten the rights of individuals to liberty, security, or freedom of movement or association? Is it a necessary evil? Is it someone's fault? Is it our fault? Is there anything that anyone can actually do about it?
Socratic Seminars aren't for telling you the answers; rather they provide a discussion space to explore the questions. It is a moderated discussion around top issues of the day in true dialectic method. Articles highlighting viewpoints on both sides of an argument are provided as suggested reading, although participants are encouraged to participate even if armed only with their opinions. The Socratic Seminar series does not place parameters on where the discussion may go; rather it provides a starting point and background information to fuel discussion.
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