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Free Trade or Democracy, Can't Have Both

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

When we allow companies to just import stuff that is made by exploited workers in countries where people do not have a say, we are granting not-having-a-say an advantage over having a say. We make democracy a competitive disadvantage.

Labor's Fight Is OUR Fight

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The story of organized labor has been a story of working people banding together to confront concentrated wealth and power. Unions have been fighting to get decent wages, benefits, better working conditions, on-the-job safety and respect. Now the rest of us are learning that this is our fight, too.

What America's Manufacturing Sector and Labor Policies Can Learn From Germany

Michael Shank | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The German manufacturing strategy is based on making existing products better again and again, or as a Mercedes ad put it: "We are inventing the car. Since 1886."

Zach Carter

Obama To Fix Bush Tax Loophole, Help U.S. Manufacturing

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's corporate tax rate overhaul received lukewarm reviews from economists for its promise of explicit corporate p...

Industrial Policy: The Jump-Start Romney's Campaign Needs?

Fred Bauer | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

As Mitt Romney struggles in the polls against his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination, it may be time for him to focus more on industrial policy.

Hell Is Cheaper: China, Apple and the Economics of Horror

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's how the economics of outsourcing -- the economics of horror -- works: companies like Apple that ignore reports of fraud and danger against employees make it impossible for honest, conscientious suppliers to survive.

China Is Very "Business-Friendly"

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

China is very, very "business-friendly." Corporate conservatives lecture us that we should be more "business-friendly," in order to "compete" with Chi...

Defragmenting Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Africa has integrated with the rest of the world -- mostly selling commodities like oil, minerals or cocoa -- faster than with itself.

The Farm Bill Saga Begins (Again): Will Development Be on the Stage, in the Wings or Out of Luck?

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Kimberly Ann Elliott

The budget situation offers opportunities to reform American farm policy to make it more efficient and equitable -- at home and abroad -- but only if the issues are debated fully and openly and with all the stakeholders represented.

BRICs and Mortar

Nancy L. McLernon | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Nancy L. McLernon

America can hold China -- or any other BRIC nation -- accountable for trade violations while also recognizing the vast opportunities emerging markets hold for our economy and workers.

10 Questions for Economists Who Oppose Manufacturing Subsidies

Jeff Madrick | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Jeff Madrick

Why are mainstream economists, right and left, so determined to push back any attempt to subsidize manufacturing in America?

The Strongest Generation

Josh Tetrick | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

Janessa Goldbeck is a woman on a bicycle -- and a mission to ride 4,200 miles for her country. But she needs your help. Janessa's not a professional ...

Manufacturing on Planet Economus

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The countries that are successful in today's economy have national industrial/economic policies. We do not.

China's Premier, Wen Jiabao, Stresses Importance Of Helping Europe

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

BEIJING, Feb 5 (Reuters) - China has a stake in helping the euro zone countries get through their debt crisis, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in co...

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: 'NAFTA With Asia' Is Big Money's Next Goal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement ...

Democracy V. Plutocracy, Unions V. Servitude

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Servitude: "a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one's course of action or way of life" Democracy: "a government in which ...

President Puts American Manufacturing Front and Center in State of the Union

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

We have to move to a "we are in this together" understanding of ourselves and our country if we want to bring back the shared prosperity we used to have.

Controversial Additive Kills More Livestock Than Any Other Drug

Paula Crossfield | Posted 03.26.2012 | Food
Paula Crossfield

A new report reveals that a drug given to livestock has become the focus of an international trade dispute concerning its potential effects on human health.

Driving the Global Economy with the Brakes On

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

With the right set of measures, the worst can definitely be avoided, and the recovery can be put back on track. These measures can be taken, need to be taken, and need to be taken urgently.

To Get Our Economy Back Hold Cheaters, Fraudsters And Exploiters Accountable

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The spiral-to-the-bottom and inequality we are suffering is not an inevitable result of globalization, it is what happens when we don't hold cheaters ...

"Made in America" and the State of the Union

Scott Paul | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Scott Paul

"Made in America" is a wildly popular notion across the political spectrum. The President has uttered the phrase dozens of times over the past year. So, it shouldn't be shocking for him to say it on January 24. But, what's behind the rhetoric?

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

I work for a labor union in the aerospace industry. We are 100% in favor of trade. We make products the rest of the world wants to buy. With increas...

Trade Winds -- Has the Spectre of Protectionism Blown Away?

Tamim Bayoumi | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Tamim Bayoumi

The global crisis has pushed trade reforms off -- or at least to the edge of -- the political radar screen. But shying away from improving the trade system in these tough economic times seems a little like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

China: Continued Abusive Trade and Now a "Blue Water Navy"

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

The latest noteworthy example of China's protection of its industries -- and its 'rest of the world be damned' behavior -- is it's allowing its steel industry to duck yet another global environmental initiative.

A World Without China

Ann Lee | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business
Ann Lee

Whether it is nurturing more innovation, retraining unemployed workers, or reining in our addiction to debt, the only thing standing in the way of the U.S. from solving its problems is U.S. leadership.