Robert B. Reich, a co-founder of The American Prospect, is a Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His website can be found here and his blog can be found here.
A lot of Americans are concerned these days about
sweatshops in Asia and Latin America where poor people cut
and sew garments at cut-rate wages, often in unsanitary
conditions. But you don't need to go to a third-world nation
to find a sweatshop. You can find all the sweatshops you
want right here in the United States, producing a big
portion of the shirts, dresses, blouses, and skirts on the
shelves of big American retailers.
Recently I was putting gas in my car, minding my own business, enjoying my solitude there by the gas pump, when the gas pump suddenly comes alive with a commercial -- right there, on a little liquid-crystal screen mounted on the pump. There's nothing I can do about it. I'm in the middle of filling my tank with gas. I'm a captive audience to a loud talking head who s hawking a product at me.