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"Buy American" is UN-American

True or false.

As companies move abroad, embracing and setting precedent for harsh working environments, low wage, while we [U.S.] lack industrial growth, what is your perspective:

"Buy American" is UN-American

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These days the average person

These days the average person can really only transfer enough currency to complete the transaction and purchase inferior products in almost all categories.

Their purchasing power is so low, quality products are mostly out of reach.

This is due to control of the money supply by the Federal Reserve.

This article seems to assume

This article seems to assume that foreign companies operate as more efficient analogues of their US counterparts. In many cases this is undoubtedly true and these seem to be the examples the author gives, e.g., Toyota. What the author does not address (and I wish he would have) is manufacturing based in countries either explicitly or highly associated with communism and/or terrorism. For example, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

Should consumers ignore all considerations except for price and quality? Or are some less tangible considerations appropriate to consider, i.e., does buying product X contribute in some way to propping up a communist regime, give financial support to terrorist organisations, and reduce the consumers own security or long-term well-being? Would Ayn Rand (or other proponents of Objectivism, Capitalism, Americanism, etc) propose that consumers should NOT care if a product is manufactured with slave labour? What if the labour is "nearly" slave labour, as in China?

Personally, I don't like to buy goods made in South-East Asia, China, and similar countries simply because I find they are almost always poorly designed, manufactured, and supported. But that does not mean that I always "Buy American." I try to buy products made in various Western nations and these items are almost always well-designed, manufactured, and supported.

Well

I have purchased Chinese made products made for export and if I made something like that back in shop class, I would have failed lol.

I cling to Western made products especially tools with pride.

I have a drill made in W. Germany, it was my father's. The thing is built like a tank.

American made vice-grips and pliers are irreplaceable imo. Thank goodness those Estwing hammers are still American made.

donvino