After the past 8 years, the world just became flat
As I begin to drill into the world of furniture and fabrics much has changed over the past 8 years. Italian companies, where a lot of the high end goods are made used to cater more to the Americans. For instance, the stock fabrics were geared towards American tastes. So where a flannel used to be one of the stock fabrics, now it is gold lame. Why? Because the Italians as well as other high end furniture and fabrics companies have realized that as the dollar weakens and America is no longer the pillar of strength, the majority of their customers are coming from other places like South America, Germany, Japan and even Russia.
Last year, when we were skiing and went down to the area to collect our skis, I said to the kids "just listen". What we heard were languages from all over the world. We ( that would be our family and other Americans ) represented about 20% of the people there.
Although this is a small glimpse of the world it is a tiny window into the post 9/11 world thanks to the Bush administration. Our dollar is weak so our purchasing power is weak. Countries all over the world are frustrated with the my way or the highway ethos. Maybe or maybe not but I believe all of this has created a flatter world.
Change, I hope, is coming with the next election. Hopefully a new vision but I believe the flat world is here to stay.