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Free Trade Agreements

Dave Jamieson

WATCH: Violence, Potential Job Losses Hang Over Colombia Free Trade Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As U.S. lawmakers inch closer to enacting a long-stalled free trade agreement with Colombia, the deal's proponents have cited the safer ...

No, Obama, We Don't Need Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea

Ian Fletcher | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

You think America has learned its lesson from NAFTA, which the Labor Department has estimated cost us 525,000 jobs? Think again.

People Of Faith Rally Against Colombian Free Trade Agreement

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Free Trade Agreements have set up a system where large agro-business moves into a country, small farmers become devastated, indigenous citizens lose rights and the land becomes ravaged.

My 5 Reasons for Pushing an Innovation Agenda

Gary Shapiro | Posted 08.30.2011 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

Every day I am asked why I am so passionate that innovation must be our national strategy. Through my writings, media interviews and my recent book,...

The Unanswered Questions Surrounding the U.S.-Colombia FTA

Kelly Nicholls | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Kelly Nicholls

Bowing to pressure, the Obama administration is pushing the FTA forward with little consideration of its potential impacts on marginalized and impoverished sectors of Colombian society.

Jennifer Bendery

White House Threatens To Hold Up Trade Pacts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is drawing a line in the sand with Republicans over pending trade deals, one of few areas with the potential for ...

Economists Shocked, Shocked: We Really Are Losing Jobs to China!

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.08.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The blithe assumption of conventional economics that "Sure, free trade has its costs, but the benefits are infinitely larger" doesn't hold up. We're either not winning out, or winning only peanuts.

Why Public Support for Free Trade Will Collapse Soon

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Once protectionism is conceded to be a valid political position, it will eventually win the public debate, if free trade's unpopularity continues to mount at the pace it has been mounting over the last 10 years.

Holy Cow! A Real Debate About Free Trade in the New York Times!

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Despite being one of the most pressing policy choices facing America, and despite having been one of the biggest controversies in the last, oh, 400 years of economic history, free trade rarely gets a real debate in this country.

Free Trade and the Tea Party: Puppets or Rebels?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

If Tea Partiers want to get back to the original intent of the Constitution, Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says plain as day that Congress has the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations."

Do Ideas Matter in Economic Policy, or Just Special Interests?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Without economics, vested interests can't tell whether free trade benefits them or not, just as a company can't know whether or not it is profitable without resort to accounting principles.

The Social Snobbery of Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

It is high time people stopped forming their opinions about free trade based on what they think people will think of them at cocktail parties.

Why a Flat Tariff on All U.S. Imports Would Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I advocate protectionism. But one standard criticism is that this would just result in politically connected industries getting tariffs raised on the...

Why Have Nations at All? The Case for Economic Borders

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Contrary to the endlessly repeated myth of a world converging on one big economic sameness, economic diversity is a fact of life. Economic policies that assume a homogeneous world are an attempt to defy this basic fact.

The Obama Administration's Clueless Trade Diplomacy

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Despite the fact that every major American trade agreement since NAFTA has worsened America's trade balance, Obama actually seems to think he can improve America's export performance by going for more.

An Open Challenge to Free Traders: Debate Free Trade on Camera!

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

I'm going to ask the reader to forgive the somewhat personal nature of this post, as personal experiences are sometimes revealing about larger issues....

The Biggest Bubble of All Has Yet to Pop

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

While a rich nation can indeed borrow a huge amount of money and has a lot of assets to sell off, this doesn't mean Santa has installed an ATM on every street corner. Which is what a lot of people seem to think.

America's Trade Deficit Is, Too, Real Money

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Let's get back to first principles and carefully review why America's trade deficit represents real money and is therefore a real problem.

The Korea Trade Deal Is Lose-Lose

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

The bottom line for the U.S.-South Korea FTA is that some large U.S., Korean and Chinese multinational firms could gain at the expense of the majority of people in both countries.

Manufacturing in Decline; Establishment in Denial

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The use of bad arguments to defend a position is a fairly strong telltale that the position cannot be defended with good arguments. This seems to be the case with the Korea FTA. NAM must think the public is fairly dumb to fall for its claims.

Why Free Trade Can't Abolish International Economic Rivalry

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The idea that modern global supply chains have abolished international economic rivalry is trivially false.

Free Trade Killed the Great American Job Machine; Mainstream Economists Mystified

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Here's a fascinating article by an intelligent economist, Jim Tankersly, apparently a perfectly nice fellow, puzzling over the "big mystery" of why the U.S. economy has lost so many jobs and isn't creating any more to replace them. It is rife with phrases like:

Stop the Korea Free Trade Agreement!

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

You would think America had learned its lesson from NAFTA, which the Labor Department has estimated cost us 525,000 jobs. But now it seems President Obama wants to offshore 159,000 more.

President Obama Gets It Right: Regulation Hurts Innovation, So Why the Public Backlash?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Are we confusing our passion for the free market with our emotion toward the person who occupies the Oval Office? Will President Obama be vilified no matter what he does?

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?