In Zlolniski’s piece, Water Flowing North of the Border, we are shown the way in which the people of Mexico are sacrificed for the profits to be made in the US. Water is being exported in crops (and on its own, apparently) at a rate much greater than is being replenished by rainfall. When it comes down to where the money is directed, the citizens vs the American buyers, the priority is not domestic.
While this is tragic, it is not an uncommon occurrence. Struggling states are constantly putting the foreign buyer over the needs of their citizens. When jobs are outsourced to the developing world there is a tension between the investor’s desire for maximizing profit and the country’s need to maintain minimal standards for the employees. In the case of the haves versus the have nots, the employees rarely come out on top. The state must weigh the need for basic working conditions with the fear of losing the FDI to another country willing to let their people suffer in return for invested capital. In areas with great need, foreign companies wield their power in a race to the bottom.
In the case of infrastructure and human needs, like water, the sacrifice of the local people has detrimental effects. For instance, if clean water cannot reach a segment of the population, whether through faulty infrastructure or lack of resources, major health risks may occur. People MUST drink water, and because of this, they will be forced to drink the closest thing to it in a crisis. If the closest water supply for many miles is a stagnant source, it will have to do. This is how many people in the developing world succumb to diarrheal diseases. Access to clean water is one of the most vital resources to life and much of the world is without it.
When states begin sending water to other countries in the form of exports over providing what is needed to their own people, a great exploitation of the developing world has occurred.