There is a big debate raging on cable news about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Some on the right have never seen an international trade deal that they haven’t liked. Others on the left can’t seem to understand “we’re addressing your concerns.”
In the past, international trade deals didn’t protect either workers or the environment. On the other hand, the lack of engagement that isolationism produces often leads to military conflict. The only thing that’s for sure is that when politicians tamper with international trade the people lose.
In the 21st century, all jobs are temporary. They become obsolete because of techno economic change. They are legislated out of existence because of the damage they do to the environment. Jobs go away because customers simply stop caring.
Bringing makerspace development to lesser industrialized communities is the best way to counter the opposing ends of the political spectrum. Empowering a larger creative class means that American workers will be able to take direct action to help themselves.
The ghosts of the Smoot-Hawley Tarriff Act should remind you of what happens when politicians become too afraid of the world around us. The American people will tell you that all they need is for lawmakers to get out of the way. All we have to do is listen.