Well, I’m convinced. Your argument is overwhelming in its logic and clarity. Congratulations.
The most notable thing about this “we hate international trade thing” is that it didn’t need fixing to start with. The the best of my admittedly imperfect knowledge, nobody of any discernible presence or importance was screaming “We’re being boned in trade! EVERYONE is boning us in trade! CANADA IS SCREWING US OVER!!”
With NK, there was at least an existing problem that he could then turn his unique blend of corruption, ignorance, incompetence, and stupidity to in and effort to find the kind of solutions that only a corrupt, ignorant, incompetent moron could imagine were a good idea. But this trade thing? He’s even fixing anything. He’s just tearing stuff down and waving his tiny fists in the air.
It’s like saying your computer was running a little slow, so you’re going to give a rage-filled moron a baseball bat and give him the run of the house. And then when your computer is in pieces all over the carpet, defending the way he’s smashing your kitchen to bits by claiming that you still expect things to somehow improve as a result of his labors.
I have my doubts about, well, all of it. No doubts about the reckless stupidity of the CFSG. But the WTO is probably not the hill I would choose to dig in for. It appears to be a deeply flawed model that has come to be structured to favor global plutocratic ideals, possibly even hazardous.
That said, jumping ship will not weaken the WTO or make America stronger. If it is in fact a destructive force in the world, it seems more likely that we could have a chance to curb or reform it from the inside, but, on the outside, we would have no leverage against an entity that would nonetheless still affect us.
You have been doing that for the past 20 years. All Trump has done is
- Cut out the niceties
- Extended it to white countries.