Israel, dubbed the "Start Up Nation," with its increasing economic dependence on technology, could be the first nation to see the beginnings of this covert clash between its human assets and its state policy.
All innovative companies should be deeply concerned about India's recently announced trade practices. Open markets and respect for IP are key to ensuring American innovators can continue to develop new products.
After the failed promises of NAFTA, a job-destroying trade deficit that has burgeoned despite a long series of free-trade agreements, and ever-more-aggressive foreign mercantilism, we're plowing ahead with even more of these agreements.
Mercantilism has somewhat different application in developed, rather than developing, nations, but its fundamentals still hold good. We at least need to defend against mercantilist aggression against us, something we are not doing.
There have been times in American history when there were good arguments for picking one partisan side or the other, but having heard Rep. Paul Ryan's response to Obama's State of the Union address, I don't know who's worse.