8/7/17

Great pig farmers

I wonder how our North Carolina pig farmer feels about "Makin' Murrica Grate Agin" now.

"The word itself ['globalization'] came into widespread usage, first and foremost in the United States, from the early 1940s. This was the period when US global power was at its peak: the country was the greatest economic power the world had ever known, with the greatest military machine in human history. Or, as George Kennan's Policy Planning Staff put it in February 1948: "[W]e have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. […] Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity". America's allies and foes in Eurasia were, of course, at this time suffering the dreadful effects of World War II.

In their position of unprecedented power, US planners formulated policies to shape the kind of postwar world they wanted, which, in economic terms, meant a globe-spanning capitalist order centered exclusively upon the United States."

'Globalization' is a complex concept. However, the above quote pretty much sums up what it means relative to 'Makin' Murrica Grate Agin.' The key to why Trump - nor anyone else for that matter - will ever 'Make America Great Again' in the sense Ol' Heel Spurs and his worshipers mean is found in this excerpt from the quote: "America's allies and foes in Eurasia were, of course, at this time suffering the dreadful effects of World War II."

Today, they are not. In fact, most of our 'allies and foes' have become fairly significant economic powerhouses themselves. Even relatively minor players, such as Vietnam, are entwined the worldwide economic skein.

This is why we can never go back to that imaginary time of wonder and whiteness - an American Honahlee - of  'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Ozzie and Harriet' and 'It's Howdy Doody Time!' It ain't gonna happen, because it can't happen.

Trump might be an oblivious launderer of Russian rubles through real estate deals (those troublesome bankruptcies notwithstanding) but he continues to demonstrate cluelessness when it comes to trade and economics, especially on a global scale.

The one advantage to 'globalization' in one of its more sane forms - and there are some crazy versions of the concept - is that when so many nations have their economic interests so entwined through these trade agreements, the potential for warfare decreases considerably. Oh, we can still have our little excursions of sufficient intensity to give the flag-wavers their little patriotic woodies, but we don't have the Steve Bannon nightmare wars. Like, you know, WWI and WWII. Or WWIII. Everyone has too much to lose.

Trump's idea of how to "Make Murrica Grate Agin" simply shows his cluelessness, and the cluelessness of those who support him. Ask the NC pig farmer how that's workin' for him.

Meanwhile, I think I'll go invest in some robotics outfits. Automation is what's killing jobs, not shipping 'em overseas. Robotics and AI is also making a lot of money. Even in pig farming. 

From five years ago: Sow and piglet housing becoming more automated

How will this affect the pork producers southeast Colorado?

Meanwhile ... Foreign investment in Chattanooga