According to Upton Sinclair, why would the owners of company allow the meat production condition to continue?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When Sinclair writes that "The packers have originated such schemes," it becomes clear as to why the owners of the company would allow the poor conditions surrounding meat production to continue.  The desire for economic growth and more money is the reason that the owners of the company allow it to continue. Sinclair's indictment of capitalism extends to the owners of the company, who fail to see anything wrong with sending off poor meat or meat that is not healthy to consume.  They turn a profit because of it.  The owners are the ones who see pure economic gain in front of them.  Their eyes see the "schemes' as a way to generate more money for themselves.  

The owners of the company benefit from a configuration where there is no government regulation and no oversight to ensure that standards in food preparation are met.  The ability to make unlimited amounts of money is what motivates the owners of the company to allow the condition intrinsic to meat production to continue.  Sinclair felt that his novel would "set forth the breaking of human hearts by a system which exploits the labor of men and women for profits. It will shake the popular heart and blow the roof off of the industrial teakettle."  Sinclair is direct in suggesting that capitalism and those in the position of economic power are taking advantage of a system that allows them to generate massive profits without any regard for social responsibility and collective well- being.  This is the condition in which the meat packets initiate their "schemes" and why the production of meat is in the state it is shown to be in The Jungle.

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