Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:
Oleksij wrote:I won't reply in detail to the above, other than saying that all that is just nice social democratic 'happiness-for-all' view, which is exactly what you said - utopian.
It is apparently possible to do it the other way around, as when China had a forced lower value for its currency than the market would have given it. You just have to do the same for Western currencies.
'You just have to do the same' is another nice thing to say. China keeps the yuan purposely undervalued by using it's massive foreign currency and gold reserves, as well as holding a lion's share of the US debts, something that many Western states cannot do to nearly the same extent (China has a population larger than the European Union and United States combined and is the second largest economy in the world in absolute numbers). Good luck trying to beat China by numbers.
Why should it be utopian to forbid imports from countries that do not follow your regulations? We do have some restrictions already, and there are sanctions on specific countries from time to time, so that is also already happening.
If every country was free to forbid imports which do not exactly follow every regulation in that country, there would be virtually no world trade (have you ever even tried to go through the customs in order to import a pallet of non-WTO member originating produce? I guess not). In reality, though, countries already have established common general standards, through ISO, the World Trade Organisation and the like. Of course, those standards are pretty generic overall, even if very specific at times, and established by a bunch of unelected capitalist-funded bureaucrats. But if you're ready to take on arms and lead a revolutionary struggle of world ecologist and social-democratic-anarchist-fairness-for-all hippies to overturn the evil capitalists and establish a world Nordic state, sure, be my guest.
Having regulations is not utopian.
What you are talking about is not regulation - it's restriction
. Restrictions exist one way or another, but there are points in various contexts when restrictions become counter-productive, at least in terms of economics.
You seem therefore to claim that the current world is just an unpleasant liberal hell-for-many utopia.
Ehm... it is.