It occurred to me that with the rise of globalism, i.e. the ability to ship goods made in one country to another very cheaply, countries and their economies seem to have two choices: tax imports heavily to subsidise their standards of living or face standards of living being equalised throughout the nations you trade with. Clearly we can see that has already been happening as India, China rapidly transform themselves into visions of western commerce.
Of course, this leaves some services and most construction labour needing to be done locally, but as intangible goods increasingly make up more of an economy this makes taxation and the concept of borders tricker.
I begin to wonder how long economies like Denmark can continue to differentiate themselves in the face of globalisation. I think corporations and intangible goods have risen quicker than taxation laws are able to keep up.
As may be obvious to anyone who has actually studied any of this stuff, I am very much a lay person who has not. Any pointers around any of the theories I'm wildly throwing around would be most appreciated :)