Correct. You understand my point, I see: we rapidly move total wealth forward, so even the lowest and most abuse face an improving life situation. You argue that we shouldn't abuse the child of Omelas today so that he may be better off--but still abused--tomorrow; I only argue that it is more efficient, which you seem to understand.
No, I can't go there. The Great Leap Forward? How'd that work out? Tens of millions dead to try to turn China into a modern industry. Yes, communist rhetoric was involved, but I would argue that was pillow talk, and there have been numerous attempts by leaders in history to do this sort of thing, the most radical ones ended in tears. To yank a country by the horns and turn it around quickly, you are going to have to do it at someone's expense. My point in this being that this sudden, lurching change in economics and industry is mostly equivalent to a genocide in Omelas today, and no clear victory tomorrow.
I find morality silly, but won't argue it in this case; I always attack morality where it leads to conclusions in which people would rather let millions suffer and die than condemn thousands,
I do not think we can reach any sort of accord if you reject morality. If for no other reason than that I would be unsure what value all this wealth is, if we're miserable and our planet is wrecked, in the process of acquiring it. Great, I have cushions for my chair that sits in a cloud of debris, but that's ok because i'm busy working in the factory to get a swivel mount on it for tomorrow.
in which people would rather let millions suffer and die than condemn thousands,
I imagine you would attack less if it was you being condemned. Your viewpoint on this change doesn't seem to take in to account the various leakages and inequalities present in the system. Pushing for a great economic leap forward in the united states is, in my opinion, bankrupting us. Perhaps that's ok by your argument because Asia outnumbers us 10:1 so we're just the few condemned, but I guess I'm not sure why I should be ok with that and sue for other options. Yes a few people in the US will be wealthy, and SOME of their wealth will be invested in services that can only come from those in close geographic proximity, but not enough. It sounds a lot like a lord sitting in a castle with a few very poor people working his lands, while his real money is being invested and put to use overseas where the comparative advantage exists. All these products and luxuries that we spend our money on, which cost ever so much less, are in fact bankrupting us. We are becoming the worlds greatest holder of imaginary property, without the resources to retain it if a big guy with a gun comes asking.