Originally posted by finnegan
There is a view around that the US likes to export and enforce its free market ideology, imposing it on less developed countries to their detriment, while failing to observe these principles at home. It seems possible that countries require a period of protection before they can confront open markets. However the US seems to protect industries like agriculture while being purist about other industries where it hopes to dominate.
I think the truth of it more and more is that we need to look outside of the traditional labels to find a newer reality emerging that has nothing to do with nationalism, nothing to do with flag waving patriotism. You only have to look at Airbus for proof of the process you have outlined so that now you see many countries around the globe all involved in the manufacture of the A380.
The example of the auto industry you gave is also quite an eye opener where you see product sharing amongst competitors to the extent that the new Jag XF and XJ for a while a division of Ford but sold off to the Indian car maker Tata and are all still underpinned by Ford engineering courtesy of their Mondeo program.
The truth is that for many who control the flow of industry, national identity is to a large extent somewhat of a liability and just a little passe. Do the Uber elite really care what national anthem you sing? I would think not.
In a sense then the UNITED STATES that we think of as the United States, this somehow mystical personification of power/force, a self ordering principle that acts with prescience to forge its own destiny, is nothing more than an empty shell that echoes all that we would invest into it, yet in truth is nothing more than a hollow chimera.
You are right, in that the lack of a level playing field and the lack of tariff walls for countries who allowed themselves or who were pushed kicking and screaming into feeding at the world bank trough, gave little in the way of protecting the way in which
jobs flowed from developed to developing nations and how globalization through an
anarchy of myriad opportunities presented by untapped markets willing to offer even
cheaper labor costs which all helped accelerate this process of global involvement into becoming a 'nation' in its own right, which on a global scale has little in the way of control or competition and it will continue to writhe and wreak havoc on the small and
powerless, while we in the most developed of nations think it appropriate for the threshing machine to be let loose uncontrolled amongst the field hands.