I had several posts last year on nationalism (see them here). Grover Cleveland over at Pileus offers yet another example of it.
I was just taking in a few minutes of the Olympics when I saw a new Walmart ad touting its pledge to purchase $250 billion of American-made products (or perhaps more accurately, its “pledging [of] $250 billion to products purchased from American factories”). Roll the tape and see for yourself:
It is a bit odd to see Walmart pitching this “Made in the USA” message while blaring a song (“Working Man”) by the non-Americanband Rush!* It really made me chuckle to see Walmart undercut its mercantilist-esque theme by choosing the best product for what it is trying to accomplish – just like most of us – and that product is made by non-Americans!
Of course, I generally don’t care where my products (or music) come from as long as they meet my needs (price, quality, etc). Just like Walmart with its music selection, the wise consumer choooses products no matter where they come from and just says yes to free markets without any mercantilist-induced…
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