Over the past four years, the Trump administration’s fear-based U.S. nationalism has moved the conversation on trade to degree of protectionism levels rather than any kind of global engagement strategy. “Where should we erect barriers?” was the operating philosophy, a short-term, ill-informed approach shown decades ago to be ineffective.
A “Made in the USA” requirement for goods and services when the world has spent the past 75 years developing an integrated, efficient global system is a fantasy. It is based not on need, value, nor even fairness, but on fear and distrust, stoked by the same forces already deeply dividing the U.S.
Some attention needs…