True Progressivism

by Don Boudreaux on June 17, 2008

in Myths and Fallacies, Standard of Living, Trade

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama alleges that "Globalization and technology and automation all weaken the position of workers."  If this presidential wannabe is correct, then some of the world’s most prosperous workers must be the people in that newly discovered tribe in Brazil — persons with absolutely no contact with the global economy or with modern technology.

Less extreme cases, of course, include persons not so cut off from the world as these Brazilian tribes.  Sub-Saharan Africans should be more prosperous than eastern Europeans, who, in turn, should be more prosperous than Americans and western Europeans.

Of course, if the facts don’t follow this pattern, then I guess that Sen. Obama will soon publicly apologize for either misspeaking or admit that his thesis is flawed.

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