If you care about labor rights, it isn’t absurd. The PCBs for the Librem 5 USA will be made by a company in the San Diego area and the phone will be assembled in the Carlsbad Fulfillment and Assembly Center in a suburb of San Diego. California has a minimum wage of $13 per hour for companies under 25 employees and $14 per hour for companies with 25 or more employees. We can trust that workers in California will be protected by OSHA standards and they have the right to form independent labor unions.
Labor standards in the US are hardly great, but they are a lot better than in the factories of Shenzhen. Take the time to read this article:
Chinese workers are less likely to be exposed to dangerous chemicals on the job than in the past, but workers can’t form independent labor unions and the government conducts wide-spread surveillance on Chinese citizens to keep them inline.
I worked for a while in an auto parts factory in Indiana in the late 1990s, and it was the worst job I ever endured. 40 hours per week of repetitive assembly line work left me feeling numb and brain dead. I can’t imagine doing that kind of work 14 hours per day and only having 1 day off every 14 days, but that is what factory workers in China endure. The way those workers are treated as second class citizens who are shipped in from the countryside is frankly disgusting.