But it kept prices low! This strikes me as almost the worst of capitalism and communism combined.
The company says it will donate money for research on forced labor. Here’s a better idea: Why not just pay the former prisoners, or their families, decent back wages for the work they did? Better decades late than never.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.