Coronavirus is the Cost of Globalization
Like many conservatives (I think), I tend to swing back and forth when thinking about free trade. Truth be told, I think there are many good arguments for it, some of which I’ve written about before. Adam Smith’s arguments in The Wealth of Nations are particularly thought-provoking. But, the problem with free trade is that it leads to globalization. And the cost of globalization, as we’ve seen, is epidemics like the Chinese flu.
And to me, that’s not worth it. It’s bad enough that we’re trading with China, a country we’re entering into a Cold War with. They need us in the long term, not the other way around. In fact, we’d be far better off with an economically shattered China. Yet for some reason, we’re trading with them and helping them out. That’s absurd.
Furthermore, they’re an authoritarian nation that’s using projects in the Belt and Road Initiative to export its horrible ideas to the rest of the world along with its projects. Why should we allow our wealth and factories to flee to China? They’re just trying to take us down and steal our allies with bribery and cheap products.
And, worst of all, the Chinese are responsible for Coronavirus; it’s a byproduct of communism. China lied and people died all around the world. In fact, the death rate is increasing daily! That’s not because of anything normal, but because they eat bats and their government is too authoritarian to openly share ideas and vital information with the world. America needs to cut them off from the community of nations, not allow them in.
Americans shouldn’t forget after this crisis settles that China is liable for all the economic damage that we’ve experienced. It was their eating habits and reprehensible government that did this to us. Our citizens have died and our economy has been shattered all because of Chinese malfeasance. We Americans can weather this adversity, as Trump said, but it will be difficult and caused by China.
So, now you can hopefully see the cost of globalization for yourself. Was the cost worth the gain? Was quarantine, millions jobless, and thousands dead worth a slightly cheaper TV? To me, definitely not. Hopefully, you agree.
Finally, I think we should use this lesson about the cost of globalization as a lesson. Should we continue to trade freely with nations that are similar to ours politically, like Great Britain, Taiwan, South Korea, and Iran? Yes, absolutely. But should we trade with reprehensible nations like China that have used our generosity to hollow out our economy and stab us in the back? Absolutely not.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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