Since globalism is back in the news due to COVID-19 crashing our supply lines I figured it’d be a good time to do a recap reminder on why globalism is a terrible idea.
A Simple Explanation on Why Globalism Is a terrible idea
Globalism is largely supported in the economic community because it allows for free, impactful trade and the specialization of goods by country. Which aren’t bad things when done reasonably.
This renders most external goods cheaper than they would cost to make in-house, especially in expensive first world countries that need to pay a lot for manufacturing.
This price reduction occurs because it is expensive to pay manufacturing staff in the United States. We have laws were people get a minimum wage, minimum coverage, and a whole host of legal protections/costs.
So external countries can provide these certain goods cheaper because they, well, don’t.
These working class jobs are relocated to hellholes where they generally hate us. The new working class in these external countries are given no protections, work for slave wages, sometimes are literal slaves, and have no opportunity for the free enterprise growth we enjoy in the United States.
So in short, we give our manufacturing power to external sources that hate us and treat their own citizens like slave laborers. How moral.
We save a small amount of money and abandon our own morals and working class to globalism. Clearly, our morals are ‘it is bad to pay people a slave wage and give them no protection‘, otherwise we wouldn’t need laws here to enforce it. But we turn around and support it through globalization. Weird.
Not only is it stupid when we consider the moral and ethical considerations but from a logical standpoint it’s also dogmatic.
We surrender our sovereignty over our own lives by relying on the manufacturing of goods in another country. We now have to rely on them to provide us our goods.
Which is scary, when you think of places like China being able to control us through trade when they kill people, harvest organs, and the like. What a great country to financially support through trade and rely on for our own livelihoods.
The only argument for globalism is economic: it results in cheaper products. But one country does not magically become cheaper to make a good. They just use terrible methods and specialization to ensure it is lower priced instead.
So we sell our soul, our ethics, our livelihoods, our sovereignty, and our moral highground in exchange for a dollar off of some toilet paper. When we could reach the same specialization within our own country through state rights.
The COVID collapse showed this crystal clear. One country goes down, we all follow. It’s like the diplomatic pacts that sparked World War 1. But we call them “trade agreements” instead of “diplomatic agreements”.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just pay a bit more and not support horrific regimes and slave-caste labor. More jobs staying in the United States would just make it so even more people could afford that same logic.
And that’s why globalism sucks.