Decades ago I thought about being an economist. I proficiened the first two classes - intro to macro and intro to micro - and would have done the same to intermediate except it wasn't allowed.
After those four classes I clearly realized economics was, and is, a mess. Think "Paul Krugman."
As an example, I remember the debate about NAFTA. I wondered what was going on. Ross Perot was all over it, claiming it was terrible.
So I looked up two things: Mexico's GNP and the average IQ.
Mexico had a GNP that was 4% of America's and the average IQ was 89. Which meant that Mexicans were not going to be buying American products and never would be able to.
On the other hand, the minimum wage there was about $1.60 an hour, if I remember correctly. About then I realized American companies were going to send hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs down there so they could close plants here.
And that is exactly what happened.
In Mexico, shacks without water or electricity sprung up around these plants. It's where the workers lived.
It gets worse. "Capitalists" traded with Nazi Germany during WWII, they traded with Communist Russia, and now they have sent our wealth and knowledge to China to enrich and arm them. They are our enemies. I don't just mean China.
And now the U.S. is spending billions defending itself against China.
"Free trade" - globalization - is not working. Flooding the U.S. with workers with IQs far less than 100 (open borders advocates are utterly clueless) depresses wages and brings massive crime into the country.
I've had open-borders nuts tell me borders are incompatible with freedom. Without borders - which is like ripping someone's skin off - there can be no freedom.
Let's be blunt there - freedom is a white thing (just like "libertarianism" is a clueless white nerd thing). Africans, Arabs, Asian Indians aren't free because they don't want to be free, and not everyone is the world has an American inside of them trying to get out.
Most people would rather have "stuff" instead of freedom.
We have one of the worst possible things - enemies within our gates. And, of course, claiming to be our friends.