The decline of educational quality in the US is part of the reason for this.
The other is cheap labor in developing countries. Corporations are able to take advantage of this labor without suffering financial consequences in the US. However, corporations should contribute sufficiently to the national community that makes it possible for them to exist and thrive. Otherwise we will not be able to maintain our standard of living and quality of life.
The rise of transnational actors like multinational corporations and the decline of the power of nation states has negative consequences such as this, but it also promises new kinds of structures through which humans will govern themselves. Corporations have their own interests, and communities have theirs. Just as corporations protect themselves, communities will have to do the same. Corporations are driven by economic goals, but communities have moral concerns. This divergence in interest will inevitably force communities to find others ways of asserting themselves, as national governments find themselves unable to act. These communities may exist as places, but they may also form as virtual entities. Instead of looking at a global map with nations, we may be beginning to see the emergence of another kind of map with different governing entities.
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