At the bottom of the globalization debate is a fundamental error by the policy, political, and punditry community: the assumption that people are first and last consumers, not workers. But when trade effects prices, it also effects jobs and wages.
As everyone knows -- but few give the slightest thought to these days -- the Soviet Union, that "evil empire," that other "superpower," gave up the ghost in 1991. In that moment, history as humanity had long known it ended.
While those squiggly black lines we call country borders have created fascinating cultures, humanity now seems destined to transcend them as the globalized workforce must move across the boundaries of countries and continents to make a better life.
In their entertaining and readable Anti-Textbook, Canadian economists Rod Hill and Tony Myatt first present the conventional models of introductory microeconomics textbooks and then skewer them, drawing on a wide range of resources.
While it's true that many companies work with local creative agencies to develop targeted advertising that is unique to each market, campaigns that are launched globally with a cohesive central theme are not uncommon.
The Coexist Campaign holds the potential to change the way peace-building is done around the world. By working at the grassroots level, but connecting to global markets through the latest in digital technology, it can bring people together as never before.
I recognize that it would be immoral as well as politically imprudent for Canada and the US. to remain silent in the face of religious freedom violations. But I think representatives need to leave their sense of diplomatic privilege at the door when meeting with troubled communities.
Mexico and the United States will always share a border and it's our job to take advantage of this proximity to benefit the more than 460 million people living in North America, 94 percent of whom reside in Mexico and the United States.
As many people around the world are beginning to realize the detrimental effects of a standard Western diet, an effort should be made to hold on to traditional foodways as much as possible. Because once those Moroccan grandmothers are gone, a deep repository of cultural knowledge goes with them.
The United States is still an enormous generator of innovation, from which other nations have long benefitted. But we now also have the opportunity to benefit from innovation taking place around the world.
We need to think differently about trade. First, let me say that I am 100% in favor of trade. Trade is when we do what we do best, they do what they do best, and we trade. Trade, done right, will raise living standards.