Saturday, April 26, 2008
Trade and Other Wars
"The influence of foreign money, of indebtedness to foreigners, of dependence on foreign oil, hangs over Washington D.C. like a gallows. ... It may be said that McKinley held a classical rather than an economic position. He looked back to ancient wisdom, ignoring the modern economics. It is not that economics is wrong in its principles of efficiency. Merely, economics is one-sided. Economic efficiency is not the be-all and end-all of human existence. And yet, today's politics would leave you with this very impression. Today's political thinking, with its emphasis on globalization, free trade and permeable borders would shock a man like McKinley. The ongoing debasement of America's currency would illicit, from him, groans of disapproval. He would ask: What do the Americans of 2008 think they are doing? ... Joseph ... Schumpeter penned the following memorable lines: '[If] we have got to live in a mercantilist, nationalist, bellicose world dominated by a few great empires, on the one hand, and if the domestic policy of this country is to remain free to shape its own destiny, on the other hand, I do not see the possibility, and I should very much doubt the wisdom, of any major deviation from the policy of protection.' ... In opposition to self-sufficiency, our theorists and politicians talk glowingly of 'interdependence'--that form of dependency that draws nations and continents together in a process that ultimately promises 'one world,' one 'global village' (a.k.a. globalism) ... This oppressive ideology pretends that opposing forces can amalgamate under the shaky utopian ramshackle of 'multiculturalism.' To solve the problem of human difference, a counterfeit unity has been conceived. Under the rubric of tolerance we have abandoned our own heritage. ... The ancients taught that history is cyclical. ... Perhaps that is where we are headed: to a new self-sufficency, independence and rebirth. In order for this to happen the various organs of dependence--the nanny state, paper money and mass debt--must pass into oblivion", JR Nyquist at http://www.financialsense.com/, 28 March 2008.
Washington ignores the national security implications of importing manufactured goods and foreign populations. Must we lose a major war or have a civil war, before our politicians realize them? Tarriffs on certain foreign goods may be considered part of the defense "budget".