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Globalization and Protectionism

Our world is connected. Technologically, economically, financially, socially, politically, militarily, and however else, more bridges and partnerships exist now internationally than in any other time in history.

From a jobs and opportunity standpoint, we cannot stop globalization. In the U.S. especially, we are deeply integrated with the rest of the world. Thanks in large part to technological advancement, the world is flat.

Like anything else, there are pros and cons to globalization. The limitations of globalization give birth to the argument of protectionism- how much of the U.S. economy should be off-limits to trade, international commerce, and preservation of American jobs? How "free" is free trade?

Concerns of protectionism are what make current policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, and CAFTA cause such a stir domestically.

I am not a protectionist, but I do believe we have to ensure that U.S. entrepreneurs and workers, patent rights, fair trade governance, and work opportunities not be compromised. 

Additionally, I also believe the U.S. should strive to keep domestic ownership of its best and most profitable businesses. Why? Because jobs matter. The nation claiming ownership of the most desirable and innovative jobs and companies steer the international economic ship.

A ship sets sail on the Port of Savannah, GA.


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