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Harley Davidson is going to move manufacturing abroad

Well that backfired.

In the first very real consequence of the whole 'trade war' we've been talking about, Harley Davidson has decided to move some of its US manufacturing abroad.

What it means: The whole point of Trump raising tariffs on goods from other countries was to protect American businesses, consumers, and even 'national security', he said.

When Trump said he'd bump up the tax on European goods coming in the US, the EU did the same. Which is why it now costs Harley Davidson $2,200 more than previously to sell a bike in Europe, it's second largest market.

Instead of passing that tax onto consumers, they're going to keep the price unchanged, and move manufacturing abroad to save money that way by employing cheaper workers in different countries.

Interestingly, a Financial Times journalist reported that Harley workers she spoke to at a plant in Wisconsin didn't seem to upset by this. They believe Harley was going to move its plants anyway, and Trump is just doing what he needs to do to make the country great again.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?