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America First vs. Germany First


#1

America First vs. Germany First

Jürgen Maier

Headlines on both sides of the Atlantic trumpet daily hysteria about Trump’s “trade war.” When President Trump imposed tariffs on European steel, here in Berlin the mainstream media reacted as if it were a declaration of all-out war. Trump’s open break with the other G7 leaders and talk of new tariffs on automobiles fueled the fire.

European business, political and media elites are perplexed about how the U.S. president can demolish the “rules-based global trade system” that the United States and Europe jointly built over the last 50 years – a system that served them so well.


#2

Perfect! Sorry to hear that Germany has went the way of the West. I remember maybe 15 years ago hearing that Germany paid living wages and that the oligarchs is Germany did not want to live in a country where there was poverty, they wanted all to benefit. Guess that is gone.

Sustainability producing what you can locally, regionally, nationally and then trade with the world what you cannot produce. That is a environmentally sound method which can help with global warming.

Keep in mind we do not need all the shinny little objects put in front of us. Could that be put back in box??


#3

Capitalism and it’s effects have no boundaries. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. As the wealth disparity grows so does the rise of authoritarianism. This is a global phenomenon and the natural consequence of rich making sure the status quo remains the status quo.


#4

This is pretty much the same analysis that expat Scot economist Mark Blyth (he’s at Brown University) has been saying for a couple of years now. He’s got a regular podcasts on Youtube, highly recommended. He is one of the very few people that predicted Trump would win the 2016 election. He also notes often that “Trumpism” is not unique to the US either. Trumpism is a response - albeit a negative one (as progressive responses were suppressed by elites) - to neoliberalism.