The Butterfly Effect

The Unites States current system of sending aid to support international nations is flawed. The articles by writers Divakaruni and Javdani describe the fundamental issues behind international funding. Divakaruni writes about the implications of passing a bill to ban the buying of items made with child-labor, and Javdani offers an inside look at the broad implications of the Colombian drug trade into the United States. The United States, when determining international interactions, places American self-interests first. Divakaruni points out that Americans “make the error of evaluating situations in the rest of the world as though they were happening in this country”. This limited worldview makes other nations subservient to the needs of superpower America. The development of society needs to match how America looks and anything less than is wrong. Javdani provides an actual example this worldview and how to change that flawed system: “To begin to solve the problem, we need to understand what’s happening in drug-source countries, how the United States can and can’t help there, and what, instead, can be done at home”. However the articles differ in an interesting way. Both articles support American involvement to help cure injustices in their respective nations. Javdani argues America can eventually end the drug-trade with national support and regulations on drug trafficking. Divakaruni’s India faces a similar illegal trade, child labor, but she supports the industry. Divakaruni calls for the need for reform, but she claims child labor does more good than harm. Child labor allows for social movement and a path for families to get out of poverty. Could a similar evaluation be applied to Javdani’s situation? Does the drug trade supply industry? Are the harms of removing a nation’s major source of income greater than allowing for it to flourish?

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One Response to The Butterfly Effect

  1. I agree with twoheadedmouse on what is said Javdani states. This actually was a problem that we did state in Economics class. The real problem to focus on is with the demand here in our home country. That doesn’t mean the U.S. can just keep handing the Columbian government money that we don’t track. I thought it was really interesting how the author brought up U.S. teenager Eric. It’s sad that most drug users are unaware of what happens in the production of the addicting drugs. It brings up the question if a few hours of good feelings from drugs worth the cost of someone else’s life?
    The drug issue is a terrible problem that the U.S. should evaluate and work to fix; however, the piece Divakaruni spoke to me a little more. I saw a glaring point that was missing. It is awful that these kids are being beaten, abused, and underpaid as twoheadedmouse implies, but the real problem with child labor is here in the U.S. I feel the people in this country are almost more at fault than the big companies. The reason prices are where they are at is because people aren’t willing to pay more. I am included in that group of people. I don’t care how that shirt that I’m going to buy was produced. I need that shirt and money leftover in my pocket. We need to first change the mindset of the American people then big business.

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