History Indeed Repeats Itself

Over 300 people were either burned to death or suffocated  yesterday at two different garment factories in Pakistan.

In one case the people were trapped by the fire because it started in front of the only working exit.

The only working exit because someone had locked the other exits .

The windows also had iron bars on them.

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Why does this sound familiar?

Because exactly the same thing happened in 1911 in New York City.

From Wikipedia:

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. It was also the second deadliest disaster in New York City – after the burning of the General Slocum on June 15, 1904 – until the destruction of the World Trade Center 90 years later. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three;[1][2][3] the oldest victim was 48, the youngest was 11 year old Mary Goldstien.[4]

Because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a common practice at the time to prevent pilferage and unauthorized breaks[5] – many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers
My bold.

This is how rich people make their money nowadays too.

It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

There is no good reason why all those people had to die horrific deaths.

There is a reason though.

That reason is some greedy motherfucker who could care less about how he made his money as long as it kept coming.

Safety was no concern.

Working conditions were of no concern either.

Just keep that money coming and fuck those worthless dogs.

Did you even hear about this tragedy on the news the other night?

Probably not, they were just “others”.

You know, Brown skinned, from some distant foreign country, who gives a shit, The X Factor is on.

You should give a shit.

This is what the Republican Party wants to return to and they are working hard to get back there.

This is the kind of tragedy that is beyond comprehension and the exact reason Unions were formed.

This is why OSHA exists.

This where we were a hundred fucking years ago and it happened again yesterday in Pakistan.

300 people burned to death because of greed.

Because some fucking “Job Creator” decided he could make more money selling goods produced by paying near slave wages to non people working in a shithole instead of paying decent wages in a safe workplace.

We used to make those products right here in the good old United States of America.

But we cost too much.

They don’t want to pay us a living wage.

They make more money this way.

Tomorrow they will start building another shithole exactly like the one that just burned down and there will be people lined up to get in it and work for shit wages in unsafe conditions because that’s all there is and there isn’t a fucking thing you can do to change that.

The only thing you can do is be grateful that fucking shithole isn’t right next door, yet.

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11 thoughts on “History Indeed Repeats Itself

  1. I hadn’t heard the news. You are exactly right. The garment district fire resulted in a whole bunch of safety laws -laws that save lives but might cost a few pennies now and then.

    We are but cogs in a machine to them -replaceable cogs. Just wait until those people in those third world hell holes decide they aren’t going to take it anymore. There will be hell to pay.

  2. Busted,

    300 people decided to take their chances working in those deathtraps because it was preferable to starving.

    In the case of modern corporate safety rules, employees are assumed to be smart enough to obey all the mind-numbing rules, but not smart enough to think for themselves. Everyone is treated like a child.

    The reason these factories burned is the same reason that there is a trailer fire every goddamn week in my little town–structures made of flammable sticks. Yet not one building code in America bans using those flammable sticks as a building material.

    No matter the disaster, fire, flood, earthquake, tornado; why do we flee FROM our shelters instead of TO?

    Dave

    • That is a pretty good question Underground. Busted should be proud that his web site got such a query.
      I think your response is more generated by anger than facts but I enjoy your passion.
      This commenter says we flee from peril. But that is not the case at all. Most of us fight it. Some of us get consumed but many prevail.
      TJ Creed who loves you man

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  4. A trailer fire is not quite the same thing as a work place with one exit. Is the commenter suggesting that we not build with wood? Is the commenter arguing that a factory with one exit is the same thing as a wooden house? Ain’t nothing like a troll, and “Underground” is a pretty fine troll moniker.

  5. “300 people decided to take their chances working in those deathtraps because it was preferable to starving.”

    I’m sure that this was said back in 1911, as well.

    At some point, the US people decided to stop listening to these people long enough to improve the place.

  6. Jeez, this is a tough crowd.

    1. Every employee balances risk and pay, no matter where they live, and every working person should take some responsibility for their own workplace safety. If the boss is incompetent or evil, do you really want to work there?

    2. Using wood as a building material is a needless risk. Concrete and steel make a stronger, safer structure. Steel studs are straighter and cheaper than wood studs, with less waste, and they store indefinitely without warping.

    Dave

  7. If the choice is between working a bad job and not working, a whole lot of folks will reasonably take the bad job. When something is essential, choice is not much of an option. If the boss is incompetent or evil, but you must have a job to survive, you probably will work there.

    Re building materials–it’s not really an either or situation. Wood is a terrific and renewable building material. Why not ban electricity, since it causes most house fires. Better yet, why not have enforced building codes which don’t allow wood to come in contact with heat sources. Concrete and steel are also great materials (and shouldn’t be banned), but they come with their own issues, e.g., both involve mining, steel rusts, concrete dust is nasty, and concrete floors are killers to stand on for hours.

  8. Right, and do not forget everyone, then cotton twill, solid color men shirt will cost u $60, no fucking $14. OK?
    R’u gonna buy one?
    What about fucking snickers? Stupid-shit underwear or any given cheap-shit fucktardicles we buying today.

  9. One of the things that I learned about the Triangle Waist Factory was that the factory owners at the time had to pay out $70 to the families of the victims of this tragedy. But insurance paid out $400 to the owners of the factory for the loss of workers. Yes,the workers were worth more dead than alive.

    So let’s get rid of labor unions, so we can go back to those wonderful days.

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