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As I pointed out in my last blog, there are millions of jobs that have been lost in manufacturing since China joined the WTO. Absent intervention, these jobs are gone forever, and with the loss of millions of construction jobs, unemployment for the low skilled will become chronic.
I have suggested that that this will lead to a level of social unrest not seen in Amercia since the 60s. Pettis believes that both the US and UK will become trade protectionist. I see this as the easiest and most likely way that policy makers will deal with problems of social inequality. Fundamental reform of education is much tougher, especially in a budget constrained enviroment.