"American" jobs?

Our readers have no doubt noticed that recently we've been keeping a close eye on American Joblog. They have a lot of things to say, almost all of which we disagree with. They have a lot of fallacies to promote, almost all of which we'd like to counter. They even have a list of scary facts that attempts to make you wonder how the United States ever become so prosperous with all the immigrants we have absorbed through the years, and how our dollar got adopted as the official currency of India, among other things. We have shown that somehow, the United States managed to survive and become the most prosperous nation ever. In spite of immigrants and technology, or because of them?

But the first question that should be asked of anyone claiming to want to save "American jobs" is: what is an American job? Is it a job done in America, a job done by an American, a job that belongs to America?

To say that an American job (that is, a job that needs rescuing) is a job done in America is ridiculous. Ricardo's Law has been around for long enough that no one could seriously advocate something like having a restriction on Cuban cigars on the grounds that it would promote American welfare. If it's a job done by an American, well, Americans work all over the world, and spend money in their host countries, so that can't be it either. It can't be a job that the collective America owns. America doesn't own jobs. Employers "own" jobs (in that they offer them).

This last impossibility is an especially important one because it cuts straight to the heart of our economy. Do people and companies really own their resources? If so, then they can dispose of them however they want, to whomever they want. That's the essence of a market economy and of free trade.

Of you, protectionists of America, I ask: isn't that the real American way?

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Speaking of protectionists,

Speaking of protectionists, I'm currently embroiled in an argument about US agriculture subsidies: http://www.irvinereview.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=137

Speaking of protectionists,

Speaking of protectionists, I'm currently embroiled in an argument about US agriculture subsidies: http://www.irvinereview.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=137

Blah, sorry.

Blah, sorry.

I'm inclined to say

I'm inclined to say "nationalism sucks", but does that make me sound like a one-world utopian socialist? :-)

I was born and raised in the UK, spent most of my adult life in Canada, currently live in the US, and have worked longish stretches in several other countries. Pretty much all of those countries seem to think that the're the "best", most deserving, etc.

sadly, most of the kind of

sadly, most of the kind of shear idiocy you see in print or on AmericanBloblog is directed at lowbrows who think Ricardo was a Cuban actor who married Lucielle Ball. its promo for some union steward to direct thier minions to as its disguised as 'intellectual conversation' so it must be true. almost as sad, the CBC(canada) frequently quotes these opinions, or variations of them , in pseudo-news stories about harmful free trade without even bothering to find out if its actually true.