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Outsourcing as Social Darwinism

Gordon Brooks' picture of how outsourcing can result in the evolution of jobs is like the cave drawings primitive man created in a naive attempt to restore the vanished fauna they depended on.

In response to the Oct. 6 Perspectives column by Gordon Brooks, "An argument for outsourcing":

Gordon Brooks presents a pretty picture of how outsourcing can result in the evolution of jobs. However, it's like the cave drawings primitive man created in a naive attempt to restore the vanished fauna they depended on for their livelihood.

Outsourcing causes the extinction of jobs, just as in natural extinctions like that of the megafauna--giant sloths, wooly mammoths, mastodons--which died off, leaving the world to successor species such as rats and other rodents.

It is always the high-paying jobs that disappear first. (Well, not the really high-paying jobs, because nobody has outsourced CEOs yet!) The living wage jobs that enable the middle class in this country to prosper are definitely in danger of extinction. If companies can consider flying seriously ill patients to places like India, where they can get heart surgery on the cheap, then no high-value job is secure.

If you use a telephone and a computer to do your job, it can be outsourced. For what positions will those whom outsourcing and the social Darwinistic world trade agenda have displaced train, when virtually any job can be outsourced?

If outsourcing and NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) are so beneficial, why hasn't Mexico created an abundance of well-paying jobs for its people? Instead, we have some 8 million illegal immigrants who are competing with our displaced workers for what jobs remain. Our economic situation can only further deteriorate, if outsourcing to foreign countries is allowed to flourish.

Henry C. Robinette
Atlanta