Let’s say that you live in farm country. How close do you live to one another? On the coasts, however, the population density is much greater. We can stack people on top of each other. Coasts have harbors and they can purchase goods from other countries, mainly because we are rich but what if we embrace the Socialist values of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Will we still be rich?
Now what if we were completely dependent on Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Russia for our oil? What if we were completely dependent on China for our Steel and pork?
The people who produce goods have a much different perspective from those who only consume them. They know what they need to survive and they know how they are connected with commerce in the United States. This is why their opinions are weighted differently. We can’t afford to depend on other countries to create goods for us. We would be at their mercy and dependent on their success. Look at what happened to Venezuela. For the vast majority of our evolution survival has been difficult and has only been easy for a relatively short period of time.
*Any branch of foreign trade, says the Marquis d’Argenson, brings only an illusory advantage to the kingdom in general; it may enrich a few individuals, even a few big towns, but the Nation as a whole gains nothing and the people is none the better for it. ~The Social Contract
The Founding Fathers, in their infinite wisdom, created a form of Government in order to protect us from Tyranny in any form and one of those forms is TYRANNY OF THE STUPID MAJORITY.
SOCRATES: Would that the majority could inflict the greatest evils, for they would then be capable of the greatest good, and that would be fine, but now they cannot do either. They cannot make a man either wise or foolish, but they inflict things haphazardly.
SOCRATES: We should not then think so much of what the majority will say about us, but what he will say who understands justice and injustice, the one, that is, and the truth itself. So that, in the first place, you were wrong to believe that we should care for the opinion of the many about what is just, beautiful, good, and their opposites.“But,”someone might say,“the many are able to put us to death.”