Why aren’t we being capitalists when it comes to honey?
your logic is kind of strange....
When Europe and Asia finally rebuilt after the war and started dumping their stuff on our “free market”, manufacturing began its long trek toward extinction.
some truth to this. thing is, we did it to ourselves. we failed to compete. right now, europe has the same problem we do. they are being out-bid by companies that can produce things at a better price.
my BIL runs the tech part of a large company in England. because of the labor laws in England, and because their economy is in the dumper also, he is intentionally outsourcing tech to India. it's a matter of survival for the company. Even if he could find the workers in England, they are prohibitively expensive to hire and train, with no guarantee of getting work out of them. that's without even having to pay health care for the workers.
on capitalism: it is not a guarantee that you will stay in business. business is about competition. you compete or you go under. like it or not, we have a global market now. this has more to do with tech, and the ability to deliver goods around the world at a reasonable cost, than it has to do with trade agreements. what the American worker failed to understand, is that in a global market, you are competing with a global work force.
as you point out, it was all happy times when we had no competition. now we do, but we did not adjust.
we are not engaged in capitalism anymore anyway. we are engaged in crony capitalism. we are not so far from what Nazi Germany was doing right before the depression and then war, with their markets. the government is picking who wins and who loses. they support what they want and favor those who favor them. they manipulate the currency so that they can keep pumping money into their projects. there is no way for that to end well for any of us.