Tyler Cowen responds to the Andy Grove essay I linked to previously. I think Cowen, who rejects the essay wholeheartedly on economic grounds, gets the better of the argument. There’s no doubt in my mind that in the greater scheme of things, globalization is a strong positive force in the world. People in rich countries get better stuff at lower prices, and people in poor countries do gradually move up the economic ladder. The jobs in Chinese semiconductor factories may not be great compared to jobs in America, but they’re still better than peasant farming in China. However, the benefits of globalization are not evenly distributed, and if we’re going to commit to globalization as a project, we should also commit to providing a strong social safety net for people who are losing out to globalization as well.