The concept of ‘Leader of the free world’ is ill-defined. At the present, as best I can see, not only is there not a leader of the free world but there isn’t even a free world. Maybe you feel free. OK. That’s not the case for everybody though. It’s the free world we are talking about, not the free you.
I prefer the concept of Leader of the Free-For-All world. I’m not talking about the leader of great discounts! ; Free-For-All in the sense of completely unregulated. This is the world of idiots who have no use for science, ecology, climatology, genetics, atmospheric chemistry, space research, etc. A single out-of-nature abstract concept motivates them. The abstraction is out-of-nature in the sense that although it is seeded by basic human natural requirements such as food, housing and clothing, it is concerned with status and materialistic gains that have nothing to do with these basic human needs. In a chaotic system such as human relations, it’s evident that unfair disparities had the possibility to arise. It’s not a moral flaw per say unless you perpetuate them. There also exists the probability that these unfair disparities could be explained, understood and corrected. Less cynicism on all counts is required.
Today’s so-called 1%ers are not defacto immoral. They are amoral and we hope it’s from ignorance. They don’t concern themselves with the requirements of others including other species. They’re part of a small club of numb-skulls that number skulls follow and even number skulls work for.
A word about free-trade. I hear a lot of Americans onYoutube trashing NAFTA. They say that jobs moved out of the USA, that NAFTA(1994) is unfair, blah blah blah.
Here are a few things that you should be aware:
Back in the 80s, American consumers abandoned Main Street for Walmart and MacDonald’s. You, the American consumers, were the first to be disloyal towards your own local folks.; the mom and pop shops and small manufacturers of your small towns. This was a massive move towards the 1%er economy. The communistic shopping mall mentality; everything branded the same and centrally planned from coast to coast and profit only for the leaders/owners/commissars. Folks, your capitalism is becoming communism under a different name!
The idea behind free-trade was that there should only be one market on most things and no tariffs on domestically-manufactured goods at entry into partner’s country. Do you understand what a burden it is for an American manufacturer, and in particular a start-up or small business to pay a tariff on an item being shipped to Canada or Mexico? Why should the government of the customer country get a cut anyway? NAFTA was against Big government. Tariffs work against small business because big business can afford it. Why are you dummies against free-trade with Canada and Mexico? Wrong culprits.
Canada has forever been a more expensive place to manufacture goods because we maintain a higher minimum wage than the US. We are much less competitive at that level and in taxation. We also have a linguistic hurdle as well. We thought that US advantages would in the short term even out because the US was already lagging behind other modern nations in health services and being an intelligent and compassionate nation would invest in this sector. This never materialized because you people are sooo self reliant! Actually, your wars and your corrupt banking and financial sectors have an enormous effect on your economy that makes free-trade with Canada and Mexico not even register on anything but bigoted opinions.
In NAFTA, nowhere does it state that people should purchase anything from abroad. These are choices for the American consumers to make. Again, the American consumers were the ones being disloyal to themselves. And by the way, you were purchasing from China, not Canada so jobs didn’t move north.
China is not part of NAFTA, actually Chinese OEMs of American brands are still presently your supplier of consumer goods. Distribution and retail profits are 100% in the USA and are a multiple of any overt or covert profit China makes.
Amazon and online purchasing is now changing pricing structures because it’s the only thing it can do and again cutting another layer of middlemen.
The first layer cut was the expensive American worker killed by the major retailers purchasing American office-worker-developed brands (unknowing accomplices) from Asian OEMs. The second layer now being cut are these same major retailers being killed by Amazon. What goes around comes around Traditionally retail prices were usually around 6 times the cost, at least in the industry I worked selling at major retailers. This is never mentioned by opponents of free-trade. Now things are less expensive because fewer profit, mostly other American citizens. It has nothing to do with free-trade.
Amazon will soon have to compete with governments: US post office, Canada Post, etc. I predict Canada Post, in the name of capitalism and against oligarchy, will have a highly efficient online Canadian goods store within 5 years with low carbon footprint. Bezos will become a buddhist monk and/or give me 10,000,000$ to show he’s a good guy. I will accept it and pick up gardening as a hobby.
I live in Canada and I purchase Canadian when I can; it’s not hard to comprehend. I do like my American media. I can’t purchase that from my country because we don’t have that much production. Bring Netflix on man! If you want shitty low-end french Canadian sitcoms, we’ve got those in the market, you don’t. Get it! Free-Trade! Buy what the fuck you want ( select what has the most value to you in all aspects including a ‘buy locally first’ approach that we should all use) and shut the fuck up.
When in Vermont, the best maple syrup in the world is from Vermont. It’s low in CO2 emissions. This has to be part of any purchasing decision.
American companies were the ones to move jobs away, not Canadian workers. They had seen how disloyal the American consumer was, obsessed with prices. Money was so deeply entrenched in the culture that consumer greed blinded them from social change! You still purchased those same crappy brands at half the price except the quality of your favourite brand was now more questionable and your neighbour started smoking crack after he lost his job at the mill.
The money you saved on purchases you now will have to pay back in social services and infrastructure.
Your stupid non-stop wars have cost your economy (except the benefactors of gun and grenade culture) beyond what anyone can understand. Why are you so evil? If its the minerals, tell us. There are other strategies at hand to obtain them. War is not one of them. Reality is etched in spacetime. All is known and there is still a you after death.
Your education system is known to be over-priced and student debt is through the roof.
The extra expense you tag to your economy because you prefer insurance company office workers over nurses is your own fault.
So don’t blame free-trade which is meant to lower trade barriers. Solve your other issues first before you create another wound for yourselves and your allies. In Quebec, we scrapped our textile industry because of globalization. Shit happens. There are limits to what we can maintain in industry. We are 8,000,000. Your problem is that you can’t adapt because you don’t believe in evolution. You are a slash and burn industrial society: look at the rust belt; not very sustainable. A manufacturing site once selected should be maintained and evolved for centuries. The Great Lakes haven’t moved. Use land wisely. Owners and managers must live near their factories.
Your democracy sucks. You’re having a bad hair-day and a bad hair-presidency.
Immigration works against social stability and keeps wages down. We don’t need to prove we are not racist by increasing our population in North America. It doesn’t make sense. The immigration policies are rooted in political correctness from affluent political suckholes who do not have to live with the intimate consequences of life in poverty. In their shielded mostly white affluent plenty of space suburbs, the immigrants they know are from affluent milieus anyway. They too are of the shielded types.
Immigration is a greenhouse gas.
A foreign country that has zero population growth can be helped big time because stability will install itself in that region. I would even allow some immigration from there if it’s environmentally advantageous for all humans to do so. This must be within a framework of zero population growth.
All future economic growth must be oriented towards improving the lives of the living, not increasing the world’s population. The needs of the presently living are beyond our economic capacity at the moment and so we must strive to reach that sweet spot where all human basic requirements are met. This is why a non-violent century-long depopulation policy would be a great idea worldwide.
US religiosity as a nation is laughable and frankly being of a similar tradition and having heard the religious rhetoric through and through like you, I feel you would be a delicate little hypocritical flower if I offend you by what I say. I never heard a US preacher talk against war ever. They fly in private jets. People who adhere to or fake along with religions will come to regret this disloyalty to America and to the true faith of some of their ancestors. Shame on you. You too had family that was tortured by religious bigots in Europe. The founding fathers poop on you.
You treat minorities like shit because they are different.
You keep white trash people in frustration to counter-balance and protect you from minorities.
I’m sorry I have to tell you this. It seems the message is not getting through to you from EVERYONE ELSE! American oligarchs! Cease and desist.