Understanding “America First” & Economic Nationalism

Published on
December 5th, 2019
59 minutes

Understanding “America First” & Economic Nationalism

The Interview ·
Featuring Alan Tonelson

Published on: December 5th, 2019 • Duration: 59 minutes

Is the global trade policy of the last century unravelling? Alan Tonelson, founder of Realitycheck — a public policy blog, sits down with Real Vision's Ed Harrison to answer that question and dissect the policy of "America First." Tonelson argues that the present geopolitical and economic system is not benefiting the United States. He believes an "America First" policy of economic nationalism will not only help restore the U.S. manufacturing sector but will better meet longer-term American economic and geo-strategic goals. Tonelson breaks down why that system is deteriorating and what the rise of economic nationalism means for the financial markets and the global economy. Filmed on November 22, 2019 in New York.



  • SU
    Shakeel U.
    7 December 2019 @ 14:27
    The best way to stop terrosim on both sides if the USA stop their multi $billion funding of Israel genocide against children, women and men in Palestine.
    • WM
      Will M.
      13 December 2019 @ 16:20
      Shallow nonsense......
    • EB
      E B.
      30 December 2019 @ 23:10
      You and the 5 thumbs up should look up genocide in the dictionary. It's scary that there are at least 6 members on RealVision who actually believe this nonsense.
  • rs
    richard s.
    8 December 2019 @ 14:01
    It is amazing that Mr.Alan Tonelson seems to ignore the possibility of the sudden production drop in the shale gas/oil industry
    • IH
      Iain H.
      11 December 2019 @ 07:03
      I thought the same.
  • AH
    Andreas H.
    9 December 2019 @ 20:21
    love it! #secularbullmarketUSA
  • GW
    Geoff W.
    9 December 2019 @ 08:02
    Really enjoyed this big picture discussion
  • JD
    John D.
    9 December 2019 @ 02:15
    Seems pragmatic and logical. Appreciate the interview.
  • SU
    Shakeel U.
    7 December 2019 @ 14:23
    Ed Harrison was brilliant, great questions 😀
  • SR
    Steve R.
    5 December 2019 @ 15:28
    This was outstanding. I have seen a few (not many here, thankfully) in which political opinions take precedence over logical thought. Mr. Tonelson's approach was to recognize the facts and both praise and criticize politcal action. Loved it.
    • SR
      Steve R.
      7 December 2019 @ 07:09
      Did I say that?
    • SR
      Steve R.
      7 December 2019 @ 07:25
      Actually no I didn't! Has someone hacked my account here or can people have the same name? Should really force uniqueness for names displayed on here as otherwise you can run into all sorts of problems. Sort it out RV.
  • EK
    Edward K.
    6 December 2019 @ 16:34
    Feels like a corroboration of #CWII where the new cold war divides China & US. Lot of commonsense narrative on dysfunctional politics and finance hurting Americans.
  • FA
    Frank A.
    5 December 2019 @ 19:26
    Good interview........enjoyed
  • SH
    Sean H.
    5 December 2019 @ 17:21
    Ed you do a great job with your interviews. Great questions and comments. Appreciated Alan's thoughts and insights.
  • IF
    Ian F.
    5 December 2019 @ 17:21
    Who's idea was it to put those two sound bites at the start of the interview? Completely biased fake news. Come on RV... It made him sound critical of the Chinese trade policy when in fact that was not his stance at all.
  • MS
    Marius S.
    5 December 2019 @ 12:03
    The way in which Mr. Harrison conducts these interviews really enrich the content that the guests bring with them. A real treat to watch.
    • RM
      Robert M.
      5 December 2019 @ 15:58
      Agree. Ed does a great job pushing back on some of the answers.
  • DS
    David S.
    5 December 2019 @ 15:45
    The goal of the American Revolution was Colonists first. The goal of Brexit, stay or remain, is the UK first. The goal of Germany is Germany first. The goal of Russia is Russia first. The goal of China is China first. The goal of the USA has always been America first. The strategies and tactics in how to make America first have changed as world views have changed. Let us all start from the premise that each country is trying to promote its own interest first. The strategies and tactics do change markedly depending on the governing structure/ power base - republic, dictatorship, oligarchy, etc. DLS
  • wj
    wiktor j.
    5 December 2019 @ 11:58
    Eu army sucks. This is due to misallocatuon of capital. German army has tanks which dont run planes that dont fly etc. French army is bad we saw how bad they were in bosnia. Ask anyone that waa there. Uk s army is okay but too few to protect europe. Europe will always need strong partner. But turn the table why are we provoking russia? Where china is a bigger threat. At least russia doesnt have concentration camps where they harvest organs.
  • HK
    H K.
    5 December 2019 @ 11:13
    all this "we can go it alone, nobody else is needed or welcome or desirable" sounds great at the tail end of a 10y bull market
  • FG
    Flavio G.
    5 December 2019 @ 11:00
    Alan's foreign policy views make perfect sense to me. If these -at least partially- are being implemented today in the US, is in part, thanks to Steve Bannon. I hope the EU turns towards these kind of policies too. But maybe that is a bit too unrealistic.