“Trade has increased the level of freedom for the people of China, it has brought millions of Chinese people out of poverty, and it has kept many millions more from starving to death as they did before trade with China started. Bringing the world cheaper goods is also no small thing.”
That’s not true.
- Walmart selling “cheap consumer stuff” hasn’t increased the living standards of the poor in rural America (government programs are usually even worse).
- China has not brought millions of Chinese people out of poverty - it has actually murdered from 40 to 100 million of them.
- US ceasing trade with China won’t result in the death and starvation of millions - these things result from working with the CCP (facts vs fiction).
- If you buy from USA or Chinese companies that use Ujgur slave labor, then yes, like it or not your are supporting it (even if you don’t want to “signal” that).
It’s great that you want to signal your support for people working in flooring factories - I’m guessing you do care about how those companies treat their people and that your buying decisions can be used to do good or evil (whether you like it or not, and whether you’re aware of it or not).
This book talks about some of the issues you raised, but of course there’s tons of other resources online about the subject:
P.S. These issues are simple, they are clean, and they can only be solved by us