Outsourcing—The Economic Equivalent Of Ethnic Cleansing
The bad news, at least for those
who hold the jobs or would like to, is that they may
soon go overseas.
The June issue of American
Demographics explains why "outsourcing,"
economic counterpart to ethnic cleansing, is the
wave of the future—unless it`s controlled. [PROFITS
vs. JOBS, June 1, 2004 (Pay Archive)]
In 2003 Forrester Research
projected that by 2015 some 3.3 million white-collar
jobs and the $136 billion those who hold them earn will
fond farewell to American shores, about 2 percent of
all jobs. Last year also, another firm, DeLoitte,
reported that some 2 million financial services jobs
take a powder in the next five years.
There are other projections of
similar or larger job losses from others—universities,
Paul Craig Roberts, economist and columnist,
predicts the United States "will be a Third World
country in 20 years." That`s not even mentioning
Third World immigration. [Economist`s
Challenge Puzzles Free-Trade Believers, By Paul
Blustein, Washington Post, February 26, 2004]
The reason is that the Third World
as presently defined can now perform the same jobs
Americans do at far lower costs. Therefore, in the
inexorable logic of capitalism, the Americans get dumped
and the foreigners get hired. Today the mountain does
not have to go to Mohammed, so to speak, because
Mohammed—the job itself, especially if it can be done
online or over the wires—can go to the mountain.
Fans of outsourcing, including the
Bush administration and its supporters, are not worried.
Like the chap in the first Bush administration who,
being told that the country was losing the computer chip
industry to foreign competitors, replied,
"computer chips, potato chips, what`s the difference?"
The champions of outsourcing see it all as part of the
"creative destruction" that capitalism generates.
This was also the argument for
NAFTA, the 1993 free trade pact that promised to help
Mexico become a 21st century economy. Even though
American jobs might move to Mexico to take advantage of
lower labor and production costs, new jobs would pop up
here, so displaced American workers would simply
hasn`t happened, and it won`t happen with
One reason it hasn`t happened is
that as soon as the "new job" appears, those who
offer it start figuring out how to get it done more
And today there is precious little
that can`t be exported.
"Conventional wisdom," one
economist with the AFL-CIO tells American
Demographics, "is that there is this Promised
Land out there somewhere, the next innovation that will
soak up all these American workers. But now, anything
delivered over telephone or computer can be outsourced.
We see outsourcing move up the skills ladder, we`re
going from data entry up to radiology—there`s no logical
end to the trend."
So what are Americans going to do
when all their skilled jobs vanish to Bangladesh and
Burundi? "The answer, says [Paul Craig]
Roberts, seems more and more like jobs at deli
If you thought the 250,000 jobs
created in May was great, consider the 308,000 created
in March. But looking closely at the March jobs,
American Demographics notes, suggests a less
"Manufacturing jobs showed no gain, nor did
semiconductors and electronic components, computer and
peripherals, chemicals. IT [information technology]
lost 1,000 and telecom and `electrical equipment and
appliances` sector lost 2,000 each. Sectors that added
jobs paid an average of 21 percent less than those that
Moreover, as attorney Thomas Piatak
noted in the May issue of
Chronicles, "the growth areas in our
free-trade economy are government and areas subsidized
by government … and areas insulated from foreign
It was those two sectors that
accounted for more than 70 percent of the March job
In general the people who like
outsourcing are the same people who like mass
immigration—to them the
nation, as a cultural and even as a political unit
doesn`t exist and isn`t important, and neither are the
people who make up the nation or their way of life.
If they can be
replaced by immigrants, that`s terrific, and if
their jobs can go to immigrants before they immigrate,
that`s even better.
Mass immigration may be starting to
produce a popular reaction among Americans who see what
it`s really doing to them and their country.
Outsourcing and the whole jungle of
globalization that goes with it can only accelerate
that reaction, as those who live on the receiving end of
globalism experience the economic as well as the
political, cultural and racial dispossession it
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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website. Click
here to orderhis monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]