by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Amid all the political debate about outsourcing of jobs, a new Forbes magazine column from philosophy instructor and Ayn Rand Institute board member Harry Binswanger labels outsourcing “the U.S. at its best.”
Republicans and Democrats strangely agree that outsourcing is unpatriotic, and that the moral and patriotic thing to do is to “Hire American” and “Buy American.”
Well, no. Not in a thousand years. The fear of outsourcing and international trade is economic nonsense and moral blindness. More than that: this anti-profit attitude is un-American.
Despite the ongoing Europeanization of America, America still symbolizes the land of freedom, entrepreneurship, profit-making, and, above all, individualism.
But collectivism is the premise of “Hire/Buy American”: we are to view ourselves and others not as individuals, but as units of a nation. Businesses are urged to pay more in labor costs, simply to hire workers who are American; consumers are urged to forgo Walmart’s low prices and pay more, simply because the pricier goods were made by “our guys.” This is not rational patriotism, it is not Americanism, it is primitive tribalism.
Roy Cordato recently explained for Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv why outsourcing can lead to economic benefits.