There’s a great deal of truth in this observation:
Incidentally, this is why I’m a particularly poor leftist when it comes to the West’s declining manufacturing base and attendant job losses. I wave happily goodbye as they sail across the ocean because I’m buggered if I can think of a better way to export prosperity abroad.
Except for one thing. Supporting the best method known of making the poor richer seems to me to make one a very good leftist indeed.
One of the reasons why I consider myself to be a lefty, as I’ve said before. I support markets, capitalism, globalisation, the Washington Consensus and all the rest precisely because they are the best method known to make the poor richer. Which does, I insist, make me a lefty.