Commenters often say, in effect, that soft American governance, businesses, and workers need the spur of free international competition in order to get us to ease red tape, produce better products, and end abuses of unions. However, the "free" competition we would be up against would be the third world labor and businesses that are under the control of despots affiliated with international corporatists. To compete with them, we would need to become more like them. That is, we would need to eliminate much of the middle class and small business and turn control over to elite corporatists who know best how to buy up our trade policy, currency, and government. IOW, we would need to trade serf status for a more equal share and distribution of industry and jobs. In effect, we would sacrifice our status as politically equal Americans so that we could better compete with morally indifferent connivers of redistribution (via cannibalization and reduction of the middle class and small business).
Why should we want to do that? Insofar as technological improvements do tend to occur more often within cultures that have vibrant middle classes, why should we not protect the American political system? Why should we not be easing internal business taxes at home, while increasing taxes on international trade? Why not increase the role of competition at home, while recognizing more of the true costs of competing abroad? Why should Americans be facilitating international corporatists who are hell bent on enriching despots who want to undermine and replace the freedom and dignity that has been the birthright of the American middle class? Mark my words: Absent some great awakening, this sellout of American freedom and dignity will continue unabated. Simply put, our politicians, whether R or D, will be owned and operated by international elitists or despots who think the American middle class should butt out of politics and economic policy and just be thankful for whatever trickles down. This is neither moral, nor economic progress; it is political suicide for middle class Americans, in trade for delusions.