InternationalismI'm using some entries to evaluate my own critical thinking. This is something that I really just reasoned in my mind the other day.
Ever wonder why the majority of the world's wealth is controlled by a few powerful nations? Why doesn't the needed infrastructure and opportunity spread to the less fortunate? Why does the prosperity of one nation not spread to an underpriveledged neighbor? As an example, would not business and infrastructure continue to spread from the U.S. into Mexico if the border were non-existant, or at least transparent?
Many wealthy nations make rules to 'protect' themselves from competition by forbidding jobs from going overseas, and by imposing tariffs on trade goods entering the country. But wouldn't it benefit the wealthy nations to have developed neighbors to trade with?
Businesses have been outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China for decades, and it hasn't increased unemployment at home; if anything it fuels growth. Those seemingly few dollars flowing to workers in China were like gold in an underdeveloped country. The new jobs provided relative prosperity and fueled the growth of infrastructure. As they continue to prosper they demand more trade goods to continue growing and in turn send a flow of capital, and more jobs, to the wealthy nations outsourcing in the first place. Not to mention they become capable of providing health care and other services in their own country, no longer demanding vast amounts of humanitarian aid. And don't we talk a lot about helping the needy across the world? Foodstuff and medical supplies can be sent to an impoverished nation until we're blue in the face, but they'll continue living in poverty and dying of unnecessary diseases until they can support themselves.
It seems to me helping the international community, and then imposing tariffs and discouraging outsourcing, are contrary goals. Why is there an inherent need to prop up one nation anyhow? Some definitions of nationalism and internationalism (not marxist):
-Devotion to the interests of one's nation or culture.
-The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.
-The doctrine that your national culture and intersts are superior to any other.
-A policy or practice of international cooperation among nations, espeically in politics and economic matters.
-The doctrine that nations should cooperate because their common interests are more important than their differences.
As an individual, of course I pursue my own interests, but I don't view them as more important than another individual's interests. And I find I benefit from working collectively with others rather than doing everything on my own. I than conclude that my nation's interests are not any more important than another nation's interests, and international good benefits every country more than if they were to seek interests independently.
More to come...