Originally Posted by REC
Actually the reason why we won't hit the catastrophic scenario is precisely because we are so entangled together. They need us as much as we need them. Globalization of the economy means developed (and developing) nations are far less likely to fight each other. If we go isolationist, as you suggest, it becomes much easier for confrontations to happen.
You mean like how China has cut off Japan's and the US's supply of rare earth metals which are essential to producing high tech electronics. We used to mine those minerals in the US until we decided to let China supply them for us due to environmental concerns. That is just one of many examples that is already becoming an issue.
What do you think will happen when China decides to make good on their threat to reclaim Taiwan or knock out one of our satellites with their crazy space ambitions?
Sure, we have a lot of industrialization but we have lost more than what we have left. It is not about jobs but the ability to defend ourselves. You need high tech electronics, steel, plastics and mining of natural resources and petroleum. All industries that are quite minimized in the US and would take a long time to ramp up to mass production scale. I am not an isolationist but rather a self sufficiency advocate. That is one reason I want to see solar energy technology advanced and also see the US economy return to a more sensible frugal and rational spending model and not based so much on consumerism. Oh, and get all of our troops back on our own soil.