The Organized Labor-Neoconservative Nexus


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  1. North says:

    Well labor has vested interest in any restrictions of trade with China that have more to do with rent seeking than with national security. All the rest of it reads like paranoid bunkem. China wanting to have a military presence in its neighborhood and the waters about its coast? The horror!
    I wonder whether any policy short of military attack would be more likely than a curtailing of trade to build up belligerence between China and the west? It’s insane to me. They have a massive population and limited national resources. The Chinese desperately need external input in order to increase their national standards of living (which are the main means by which their autocratic government retains the support of the masses). If we limit their ability to get what they need/want by peaceful trade means then how the hell could we claim to be surprised if they started considering non-peaceful alternatives? Free trade is what is keeping the Chinese peaceful (and admittedly somewhat mercantilist). If we start curtailing the one we should expect the other to diminish as well and what kind of idiot would desire such a thing?

    I can think of no event more likely to immiserate billions than a hot war in the Far East.Report

  2. Kolohe says:

    On the second order, that may contribute to the stance in the exceprt, one can note that the shipbuilders that make the US ships that would counter a China blue water navy, as well as the shipyards that maintain the ships*, have over the average levels of unionization, and (naturally) a way under-average of overseas outsourced work.

    *additionally a good chunk of the overall supply chainReport

  3. Mike Schilling says:

    This is not all that new. Back in the 60s, one of the biggest reasons for the divide between the Old and New Left was that union members (and even more so, union bosses) considered supporting the War in Vietnam a simple matter of patriotism.Report