Steven E. Landsberg nails something that has long bugged me about protectionists. Why is it more important for fellow citizens to have a job than foreigners? Isn’t that thinly-veiled racism? And what I really don’t understand is that often the people who bemoan outsourcing are the same ones who, in other contexts, admonish me to “think globally”. Having seen poverty here and poverty in the third world, if anything I’m inclined to think they need the jobs more than we do.