Buchanan sees an America divided by class. The elite class of professionals benefit from globalization and trade, while the middle class lies forgotten and left behind. Global trade deals put American labor in competition with millions of workers willing to do the same jobs for a fraction of the pay an American family needs for a living wage. Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens compete with unskilled and semi-skilled Americans for local jobs. Buchanan argues that America’s elite is oblivious to what is happening to the country, "as an older, better America – where we were a community, a nation, a people – slowly dies." He calls for a New Nationalism that puts America before the global economy.