"The fetish for manufacturing is part of the general fetish for keeping white males of low education outside the cities in the powerful positions they're in in the US," Posen said at the event, sparking Posobiec's comment, "It's very clear what's going on here. They hate you. They want you and your family to suffer so that they can get richer and richer and richer."
Posen continued, "when I look at the so-called costs of the 'China shock' or the cost of the decline of manufacturing, I always think, compared to what?" Posen then said that women and minorities were impacted negatively in the American workforce, not because of him or his policies, but systemic problems in America, but "They never got much notice. But when it started being the white male manufacturing people in the so called Heartland which by definition was not urban. Then suddenly this was a crisis."
Posen is president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which touts itself as " dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy."
Posobiec's assessment about Posen wanting "your family to suffer so that they can get richer and richer and richer" is correct and addresses the globalist pathology that Posen promotes amongst elites.
The China shock is another way of saying outsourcing, just like NAFTA before it. Globalists tout the "free trade" from these waves of change to America's economy but these efforts outsourced manufacturing to locations such as China where labor was cheap.
"If you always have that competition for low wage jobs, what does it mean? That means the working class is kept perpetually poor, it's by design," Posobiec said, noting that the same strategy is now happening with the historic influx of illegal immigrants to America.
Posobiec notes that Posen pushes for these policies so that he and his ilk "can buy new yachts and buy new mansions, buy everything else that they want to buy. He says he's working with China. He knows he's working with China."
Posen's "compared to what" gives away the game, saying that the suffering to America was worth it for the sake of the global economy. He just gets it dead wrong when he tries to racialize the impact on manufacturing.
Historically, American manufacturing was one of the most significant equalizers of race. Because of the overwhelming representation of minority communities in that sector, outsourcing and globalizations had a tremendously devastating effect on those groups.
Many on Twitter were quick to point out the obscenely histortically incorrect information from Posen.
America lost 4.5 million manufacturing jobs because of NAFTA in the 90s and then nearly another million because of the China shock in the 2000s. The influx of illegal immigrants to America is a third wave, a final volley from a globalist perspective to decimate America's working class, of all colors and ethnicities.
"You are the target. You. You will become poor. You will not be able to generate wealth formation. You will not be able to own a home. Your wages will go down," Posobiec notes.
Posobiec also noted that it was Posen who "made it about race."
Posen's contempt for the white working class is a ubiquitous thread uniting leftists and neo-cons. In 2016, so-called conservative Kevin Williamson wrote in National Review of the white, working class and said, "Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence—and the incomprehensible malice—of poor white America."
"The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die," Williamson added.
Posobiec correctly categorized this demographic when he said they're "a group of people in this country that works hard, that loves their families, that just wants a better life for themselves and their children."
It's that moral compass that has always made them the target of globalists like Posen. In its piece "The Original Underclass," the Atlantic wrote, "The 'white working class' connoted virtue and integrity."
Virtue and integrity are threats to people like Posen.