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Stan Sorscher: A Really Good Reason to Oppose the Next ‘Trade’ Deals

From the Huffington Post: My job depends on trade. I’m 100 percent in favor of trade. By the same token, we can have good trade policies that raise living standards, or bad trade policies that deindustrialize our economy and distort social

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Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

The U.S. is negotiating two huge problematic trade agreements — one with Europe (TTIP), and another with countries around the Pacific (TTP). Both dramatically extend the NAFTA model. First, I am 100 percent in favor of trade. Everyone I know

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The 4 (or 5) Worst Market Failures in Human History

I’m a capitalist for one reason: to raise living standards in my community. A familiar mantra of capitalism guides me: Markets are powerful and efficient. I’m also a realist, so I temper that mantra: Markets are powerful and efficient. And markets

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“Free Trade” Was Never Really About Trade

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,

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We Decide How to Share Gains

Last summer, a respected policy expert from the Brookings Institution spoke at a large meeting. He introduced himself, saying that he works with a lot of brilliant economists who can’t understand why the recovery is so slow. Nobel laureate economist

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Stan Sorscher: What If We Did Trade Right?

From the Huffington Post: Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. Recently, I heard a congressman explain how investors interpret that. From that perspective, trade is done right when the investor’s property is protected from capricious foreign

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We don’t know, exactly, what the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, but I’m against it

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is probably the most important trade agreement you’ve never heard of. Sometimes described as our “21st Century trade agreement,” its terms are being negotiated in secret by 11 countries, big and small, arranged around the Pacific Ocean.

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Why a healthy democracy needs a strong civil society

The other day, I had lunch with an economist I respect and admire. I asked him, what would it take for China to become a modern democracy and build a strong middle class? OK. I didn’t ask him that. I told him that China

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So-Called Free Trade – Bad Policy and Wrong Debate

Updated 10/26/2012 An editorial in my local paper is a good example of how we trivialize our public discussion of globalization and trade policy. The editorial follows this logic: Trade is good. All trade is good. More trade is better

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How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

From the Huffington Post | By Stan Sorscher, Labor Representative for SPEEA and EOI Board Member I work for a labor union in the aerospace industry. We are 100% in favor of trade. We make products the rest of the

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