The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
The Impact of Technological Innovations on Sports Betting in Colorado: A Primer
The Impact of Technological Innovations on Sports Betting in Colorado: A Primer
April 18, 2024

In the sports betting domain, Colorado stands as a unique arena where technological advancements have significantly reshaped the landscape. As...

Brust: Economic nationalism could ruin the global system

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by the Collegian or its editorial board.

The Don has been digging himself a hole in his first months of presidency. Russian scandals and wiretapping allegations have pushed themselves to the forefront of the young presidency, thus drawing the public away from terrifying truths. One overwhelming aspect of the Trump presidency is the economic nationalist attitudes the Don holds true. The idea of the United States limiting its economic borders is terrifying and should be at the forefront of media attention because it will crush globalization efforts and fail the entire global system. It is simply not a feasible option for a global power like the United States.


As someone with a postcolonial political mindset I see the state of the modern world as a reaction to all the events that came before it. Everything is a social construct that happens as the direct outcome of some sort of social issue after the colonization of any population, for instance a sociological issue that came directly from a moral blunder is the American African population. Without slavery America could not have the social makeup it does today— among many other things I am sure. Disturbing the flow of capital and goods at the source of the most heavily importing countries is bound to have its ailments on society.

Our opting out of the global market will limit important foreign policy freedoms. Globalization prospers on the four freedoms of movement of capital, movement of goods, movement of services and the movement of people. Personally, I believe limiting these freedoms for the rest of the world by adopting a nationalist economy will spark the next world war. However, in the event that it does not, a national economy will not work in the country that is a primary source of capital for other countries. It is not fair to subject the world to poverty and turmoil because the U.S. decides we want to be home grown. On a global scale a nationalist economy is not feasible.

Although a nationalist economy would harm other trade dependent countries drastically, it would hurt at home as well. Although a nationalist economy looks great for the auto industry and other U.S. made products, it will ultimately deprive americans of necessities and cause social unrest. The globalization freedom of movement of people has already been limited as seen in current immigration policies from our president. The conflict of immigration is only one point on the map of social issues a nationalist economy would instigate. The idea of a “home grown” economic society is a very pretty thought until the price of living and the price of social conflict is no longer bearable. On a national scale economic nationalism is not feasible.

At the end of the day my prediction of what could happen with a nationalist economy would be nothing but a slippery slope. All I know is that social implications are often overlooked when discussing the economy in politics. Adopting economic nationalism as the world’s policeman is bound to have detrimental outcomes. It does not take a political scientist to realize adopting this economic strategy would be detrimental to our country and the entire world. Donald Trump needs to take a step back and think about the implications of his actions. Just because a nationalist economy sounds good on paper doesn’t mean it is best for the country or the world.

At the end of the day economic nationalism is everything except what it has to be: feasible.

Allec Brust can be reached at and online at @allecbrust.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *