US vs. Them

I love the USA very much, seeing it as an historical oasis. America gives its people a uniquely good life; and it lit the torch that has illuminated the way to freedom for so many others.
But I do not see the American people as “us” and the rest of the world as “them.” I regard all of humanity as my “us.” Thus, when it comes, for example, to whether someone in America has a good job, or whether that job goes to someone in India, I don’t root for the American. The opportunity and the pay has to be earned, and if the Indian earns it better than the American, then the Indian should get it. And you know what? We are all better off if that’s how things work. Because that’s economic efficiency. That’s how the whole world becomes rich.
Of course, it’s utterly mistaken to imagine that one more job in India somehow means one job fewer in America. There is not some limited lump of work to be done in the world, with the only question being how to divvy it up. To the contrary, the work available and needed is a function of human ingenuity and enterprise, which means it is unlimited. Further, the more Indians there are doing productive well-paid work, the more wealth is produced in the world for everyone to share. That Indian can buy more things that other people produce. If he works for an American company, that American company becomes more productive, efficient, and competitive, which means it can hire more Americans too. In fact, studies have shown that overseas outsourcing does not actually result in fewer American jobs. Companies that practice such strategic outsourcing do indeed wind up with larger workforces here in the U.S.

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One Response to “US vs. Them”

  1. hessilverdollar Says:

    Quite right. I believe that it was John F. Kennedy himself who said that “a rising tide floats all boats”. Foreign success is not necessarily the zero-sum game that the irrational pessimists surmise at first glance.
    It is certainly necesseary, I feel, however, to maintain a United States advantage in the production of goods and in the world economy, precisely because the United States necessarily serves as a beacon of civility to other nation-states and commercial advantage makes us that much more of a viable voice for our ideals with respect to government. I would not much want the People’s Republic of China to be the hands-down world leader, simply because they do not maintain the same standards of such things as human rights.
    Truly the United States’ competitive edge in commercial respects allows it to become a lighthouse of strength in others!

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