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DONALD TRUMP IS promising to make America great again by keeping others out. That approach is already undermining the smidgen of tentative good will he had enjoyed from the tech industry. As a strategy for keeping jobs in the US, it’s also fatally flawed. Turns out that in a world connected by the internet, isolationism is just a glitch in the network that the system—in this case, the global economy—routes around.

Source: Wired Magazine

Date: February 9th, 2017

Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/02/trump-cant-stop-globalization-work-internet-will-see/

Discussion

1) The rise of 3D printing is a counter point to the argument here in that now production can be much more local.  What is your understanding of how 3D printing might impact the globalization of production?

2) The internet routes around problems, which it was designed to do.  It turns out, though, that the vast majority of what people want to achieve or buy every day is very local.  Put together a list of things that you do or need each day and see how many MUST be international – one might include the iPhone that you are using.

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