So if we are to embrace nationalism, exactly what are we looking at? Robert Reich says there are two faces of nationalism. “The negative face ignores its global responsibilities while the positive face embraces domestic ones.” There is a shared value here, however, in that both embrace the America first belief. Many Americans who consider nationalism the same as patriotism consider the “America First” idea as the one we should embrace as patriots. Unfortunately, many of those don’t understand the economics of the world (I’m not implying that I do which is why I lean on experts.) Also unfortunate, it’s obvious that Trump doesn’t understand either. If you want to turn away from the world unless it meets our demands, good luck with that. President Trump is expected to deliver an “America First” message in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. But the question for many nations is increasingly not so much whether America should be front and center of trade negotiations, but how much they should bother with it at all, suggest Ana Swanson and Jim Tankersley in The New York Times.
My name is Richard Biggs and I'm a writer. My latest book is about Jerry Allen LeQuire, a convicted drug kingpin, who rejected two offers from the CIA to work for them, and has been in a federal prison for over 30 years.