As we look at this future and at the patterns of the past, one has to ask, have we lost leave of our senses? Barlett and Steele [i] put it thus:
U.S. politicians in thrall to a simplistic trade ideology would rather create jobs for people in China that for American workers.
And indeed, it is as if we have been sleep walking in a trance, in the thrall of some wizard out of Harry Potter. The situation is so serious, and so urgent, as to call to mind these words of President Abraham Lincoln:
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. [ii]
Indeed we must disenthrall ourselves of the dogmas of the past, of the notion –
That free trade will be fair trade, or will result in balanced trade
That we can survive sending all those jobs overseas
That a low-price, low-wage economy is sustainable
That we can survive as communities and as a nation if current trends continue.
That we can rely on the government or corporations to solve the problem
We must disenthrall ourselves, and the first thing we must do is imagine a better future.
GO TO Is there a better vision?
[i] Barlett, Donald L. and James B. Steele. The Betrayal of the American Dream. New York: Public Affairs 2012.
May 15, 2014, Ontario, CA - MIAA's founder, Jim Stuber, delivered the keynote address at the 20th annual World Trade Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the California Inland Empire District Export Council in Ontario, California. To view the conference agenda, click here:
May 7, 2015, Radnor, PA. MIAA's founder, Jim Stuber, appeared as the guest of host Richard J. Anthony, Sr. on The Entrepreneur's Network TV at Radnor Studio 21. The program featured a discussion of the problems caused by offshoring manufacturing and white collar jobs and how consmers can solve the problem with their spending decisions.
Studio 21 has made the program available for viewing here: