Stormy–October 11, 2016
Open borders in the U.S or outsourcing to China, Vietnam: Is there really a difference. Cheap labor remains cheap.
Free Traders are quick to cite the dangers of protectionism and the advantage of cheap goods. Those whose jobs are lost in the process are the ignorant rabble, bigoted and uneducated, the irredeemable, the basket of deplorables. Even Noam Chomsky makes this argument against Trump and his defenders. Generalized rage…support from people who are angry at everything. “There has been no economic growth for them; there is for other people.” How about blacks, how about Mexicans, Chomsky? How easily Chomsky, likes to slide into comparisons with past immigration influxes: Germans, Irish. They are just complaining about the new workers, just as their predecessors complained about the Germans or the Irish See his talk on Truthout.
What is happening here is a different game. In this game, only the rich get richer. Good paying jobs are not available. Education has become a shut door.
I am not a champion of Trump. Far from it. I find his views on global warming dangerous in the extreme. But he is giving voice to those whose jobs are at risk–because of outsourcing and open border policies. Remember when the U.S. wanted to give trucking licenses to Mexicans? Did you not understand what was happening? Did you not understand who might scream bloody murder?
Or you who live in Westchester, NY. The street corners in places like Port Chester are crowded with brown folk looking for jobs…and they will work for almost nothing. If you lived there in the 1960’s as I did, such sights never happened. There was a middle class in Westchester.
Back to those who celebrate open borders and free trade.
Are the open border crowd or the free trade crowd anxious to strengthen collective bargaining here or abroad? I see no inspired economist–free trader–or major newspaper carrying that banner. Who complains about worker rights in China or Vietnam? Who complains about the environment being tossed aside in these trade agreements?
What is the result…the unruly mass of peons, white, brown, or black–are mere servants to the upper classes. Now, this is a form of racism…it just happens to span and include all those who are poor, uneducated, ungifted-
In short, all those who because of their government or because of their lack of talent, or because of their boxed-in poverty–all of these are slaves to the upper classes.
Meanwhile, the upper classes celebrate the low cost of such produced goods. But, anyone with an ounce of sense has to know that if you kill the middle class or do not make it grow, then the economy will ground to a halt…world wide. And it has done exactly that.
I have published on this site the U.S. trade fiasco numerous times. Frankly, I am tired to doing it. U.S. trade deficit has remained negative for around forty years. China’s entry into the WTO and NAFTA all helped cause the Great Recession. Banks and sharks were ready to “help” the consumer, to keep the purchasing game going–but the middle class was becoming tapped out.
Instructive is to read the problems the English are having with Jeremy Corbyn and the backlash of the elite towards his policies–much like Sanders. And, if truth be told, not much different that Trump’s view of trade agreements.
You have to step back and look at things. Why is every major newspaper for Clinton? Why does the Republican hierarchy–Bushes, etc–for Clinton. What do all of them have in common politically? Who are the paymasters of all of them…corporate America.
I suggest that the Russia card is a ruse, a real red herring. I suggest that Trump’s foolish ringmaster approach to politics and the crudity of his tongue…is somewhat of a red herring. By mercilessly pounding away at his misogyny, we are not seeing what is really happening. The rich are getting richer; they control the apparatus in both parties. They control the media. They use wedge issues. As in feudal days, the barons are arguing over who gets the most spoils. Just keep the peasants fighting and patriotic. They will even risk nuclear war to make sure we do not look carefully. See! The dirty Russians are subverting our democracy. What a joke.