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Entries by Ian Fletcher from 04/2010

Thinking the Unthinkable: Could America Repeal NAFTA?

| Posted 04.01.2010 | Business

Unbeknownst to most Americans inside and outside the Washington Beltway, free trade is inexorably losing its base of support on Capitol Hill. A new bill to repeal NAFTA is the latest hint.

Debating Free Trade vs. Protectionism, Round One Replies

| Posted 04.01.2010 | Business

Using a tariff to fix the economy is like performing a lobotomy with a spade--not the right tool.

The Mythical Concept of Trade War

| Posted 04.02.2010 | World

Supposedly, no matter how bad our problems with our trading partners get, they are less bad than the catastrophe that would ensue if we walked away from our current policy of unilateral free trade.

Protectionism Didn't Cause the Great Depression

| Posted 04.06.2010 | Business

The myths behind Smoot-Hawley continues to poison U.S. policymaking even today, as it renders the U.S. government fearful of retaliating against problems like Chinese currency manipulation.

Are Fixed Exchange Rates Coming Back?

| Posted 04.08.2010 | Business

Fixed exchange rates are quite likely America's best bet to avoid being victimized by exchange-rate manipulation on the part of other nations.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Legitimate Case Against Free Trade

| Posted 04.12.2010 | Business

Serious economists actually recognize a number of very serious criticisms of free trade -- even economists who ultimately decide that free trade is better than the alternatives.

Uncle Sam, Global Trade Sucker

| Posted 04.14.2010 | Business

How can the United States, the sole global superpower, get pushed around by foreign nations when it comes to negotiating trade agreements?

Chinese Currency Manipulation is Real, But it's America's Fault

| Posted 04.14.2010 | Huffington Post

Despite the Obama administration's desperate efforts to keep the issue off the boil, Chinese currency manipulation is back in the news again. Treasury...

Economics: How to Cure a Sick Discipline

| Posted 04.30.2010 | Business

America's financial mess and our festering trade crisis were both caused by bad policies that mainstream economics told us were OK. This has made the public cynical about economists. What should we do to restore the discipline?