Marley, I look at issues like this, and what it reminds me of is how little the average American understands about our political process, for example. This is just one snippet. I worked in legislative affairs for huge multi billion dollar firms at the highest levels of government. Worked on two Presidential campaigns. Lobbied for solar energy and strategic materials. People do not understand our government, how it works, the price people pay to get elected, the constant bartering and deal making that has to happen for government to work. Therefore they elect single issue no-brainers who head to DC to “fix” things without the slightest clue about the essential nature of give and take that forms our democracy. Then you look at all the voters who want protectionism, without the slightest understanding that the digital economy and the way the world trades is vast, complex, and cannot be turned back. There are in many ways no international borders when it comes to trade. So to stick it to China means that we are also sticking it to major American corporations, costing jobs, raising prices, all in the name of our collective stupidity. We cannot divorce ourselves from what’s going to happen in Germany when Merkle steps down. We cannot divorce ourselves from what happens when Brazil puts in a mini-Trump. We can, by the way, say goodbye to the rainforest in that country. Those are the lungs of the world. Our supreme and embarrassing ignorance about the nature of the world, its business, its politics, and its interdependencies- underscored ever so much more by the Internet’s erasing of so many boundaries, is likely to lead to our continued downfall as a world power. That’s already in place. It’s simply a matter of how fast, not whether, it happens. But folks will have their Big Macs. Whatever lollipop lulls them to sleep. Pardon my rant.

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