Profit. Profit above all. That's America's new MO. Cut safety nets, kill unions, reduce incomes, engage in harmful speculation and financial engineering. Then, when the ordinary incomes of workers can't afford the products these companies sell, they must find cheaper and cheaper ways to produce the stuff, often employing slave labor toiling away in horrible conditions.
We saw this here in America back at the turn of the 20th century. Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire? Eerily similar. In that disaster 146 people, many of them children, perished in the flames or jumped to their deaths trying to escape the inferno. The company had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits. Same seems to be true in the Bangladesh fire.
The Triangle tragedy ushered in a new era of improved safety standards and unionization. I'm not hopeful we are going to see this happen in Bangladesh.
You can't sustain a business/economic model based upon reducing wages and income to support profit. Eventually something's got to give. It's just too bad that along the way to change you need so much tragedy and hardship to wake people up to how screwed up this is.