Economic Nationalism Does Not Work for White Working Class

When white working class people were swayed by Trump’s slogan “Buy American, Hire American”, they were probably imagining post-World War II days when there were plenty of manufacturing jobs that paid good union wages. But as this article points out, when consumers buy American they also assume capitalists will take the profits and invest them in union jobs. It doesn’t work that way. Capitalists will still invest in overseas labor because it is cheaper.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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