Beer vs tap water is not the same as meat vs no meat yet you proffered it as though the two were synonymous
Not synonymous, but substitutable.
No … there is a third alternative
Now, now. There are, strictly and pedantically speaking, only ever two alternatives.
But to the point: I never said there are no other possibilities. But while these possibilities exist, they are not pursued — because they are not the optimum for the decision-maker.
When you say
pay Bangladeshi adults more, so that their children needn’t go to work.
who should do so, and why? And more importantly why are they not? I remind you of the fact that I am a simple observer, with no ambition to be a dictator telling people what to do and how to do it, and with no desire for anyone else to do so… especially if they have a partisan agenda to favour this or that pressure group.