"Those are business disciplines, not economic ones."
You have to take "Economics" Courses as a baseline.
That's because all you care about is money. This is also why you don't seem to grasp what economics is about.
This comment is almost laughable. I'm not even sure if you're being serious or not.
Economics is about money, being that money is fungible, and can be traded for something else. This is EXACTLY what economics is about-how a population satisfies infinite wants with finite resources. Learned that on day one of econ 101.
"Can you accept the reality that other people care about things beyond money?"
Yes. but the vast majority of those concerns aren't reflected in the economy. And are accounted for when present. Your boss, for instance, bought US cars. That drives up demand for US cars. But it was his choice. Had he been limited by legislation in his ability to buy a US car, the outcome would have been different.
I like nice weather when I go to the beach. It doesn't mean that I should have the ability to shape the weather to fit my needs. Not does it suggest that bad weather is the result of some attempt to deprive me of the good weather that I'm rightfully entitled to.
"Does skilled labor not behave like a commodity?"
Most times, yes. But having a degree from a prestigious school provides a level of differentation that adds value beyond the actual skills learned at the school. For instance, if I own an accounting firm, my prestige is increased by having an accountant who graduated from Harvard. The increased prestige amounts to the company being more valuable, even though there may be no difference in the level of skills between the guy with the accounting degree from state and the guy with the accounting degree from Harvard.
Just kidding. Everyone knows that you can't get an accounting degree at Harvard. They don't teach technical trades!
"Can "unskilled labor" (presumably, this means the people performing the labor) participate freely in the global market? No it cannot."
yes. That's why it's the global labor market. They're participating in it regardless of where they are located. And if labor in China cost as mucyh as it does in the US, Chinese labor would have the same problem as well. And if US workers were willing to accept less, there would be more incentive to employ them locally.
It's not about location. It's about cost.
"There are plenty of reasons why people might buy the identical item at a higher price."
There are more reasons why people might want to pay less. Most of them representing the most rational response. Not that I disagree, and if you choose to pay more you should be allowed to do so.