Hmmm. I see a lot of hand-waving over some crucial variables in the equation here.
I'm not a protectionist whatsoever.
The hue and cry of protectionism (which you are not advocating) typically arises from the inevitable spasms of a skill set devolving into a commodity.
Given that, there is a transition period where it is invalid to assume all skill sets are equal. Unless employees are indeed a "unit", identical components of a commodity skill, there are disparities to consider. (even in a quiescent state, these discrepancies only dissapate in averages).
So when I read your post, I see your notion, but cannot help but notice your assumptions. You're assuming an "all units are equal" stance in your comparisons. Which parts of IT are commodities? Which parts are essential to 'native' infrastructure?
I will never mourn any aspects of IT that can indeed be made into a commodity. So be it. In the long run, commodities disperse into the background noise of the market.
However, if there was ever a skill worth having, it is the ability to take note of essential skills that cannot, by definition, ever be exported.
It is for these reasons that I study garbage collection.
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