why should i care about the fancy neeedlework of rich people? i could care less how they get and spend the money they have. however today the "social entrepeneurs" and "new philanthropists" and "fair trade merchants" take up the marketing space that rightfully should belong to the artisans who could really make use of the access. By collaring the "social enterprise", "new philantropy" and "free trade" brand names, money-interests assume a profitable interest in the misery of poor people, by justifying activities (and taking tax deductions) that are designed and intended not for the other's good, but one's own profit.
More from Martin here on the way eBay creates downward pressure on prices for artisans in the third world.