Trump’s protectionism echoes a wave of protectionism in the 1930ies, then as now a reaction to economic crisis. WW 2 might at least partially be explained as a exacerbation of these economic problems.
Two other factors play a major role
- the attempt of the UK to preserve their Empire
- the population explosion in all Western countries putting pressure on food production
The latter produced not only the youth bulge needed to fill the ranks of the armies but also made it interesting to harm the enemy by naval blockade.
So national food sufficiency is a defense objective. Finally I found some data. And it’s interesting.
Pretty good value for Germany. Given that we are as densely populated as the US East coast sprawl.
Hint for Americans: The reason that we still can produce so much is that we don’t have sprawl but concentrated villages. It is prohibited to just build a house somewhere in between – strict zoning laws apply everywhere. This preserves the agricultural land as well as the (managed) forests. All of Germany is planned.
The reason I’m looking for this NOW is that a few days ago one of our top Green politicians, Hofreiter, claimed that Europe was to blame for the refugees coming in from Africa because we ruined their economies by flooding their markets with food exports.
So I thought, wait a moment – Germany? For reals?
As it turns out if anything it’s the French. They get special subsidy conditions in the EU to keep their farmers calm so they overproduce.
So look at that. Look what those 60 million French do to Africa with the 30% surplus they could possibly export to Africa. Again, for reals? Does this guy have any concept of the SIZE of Africa?
Is he born stupid or does he take stupid classes?