In an editorial analysis by Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post printed paper version this morning, I read “Back to realpolitik.” Autocracy and nationalism trump globalism and democracy too, apparently.
While the US policy favors the idea that global trade will undermine the propensity of autocratic and nationalistic countries from inflicting hostility on free nations and others, forget about it. Maybe there are benefits from free trade, but there are no miracles.
Large and powerful nations whose hearts and souls are born in a legacy that is far from freedom and democracy are likely to remain entrenched by nationalistic self-interest. When those nations are also led by dictators and autocrats who are backed by strong military force, the will of government prevails over everything else.
America embraced globalism and some believe that led to outsourcing jobs that would have been filled by American workers. The benefits are expected to outweigh the negatives, and yet we’re still calculating the effect from that.
Samuelson says, “Globalism could never swamp everything else,” as he restates Jeffry Frieden.
History, culture, geography, religion, pride trump economics”
See the annotated list.