Category: Trade Agreements

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Edward Herman: Krugman On Economists As Hacks

Following up his April attacks on the critics of the World Bank and IMF as economic illiterates, and after being criticized by them in turn as an establishment spokesperson, Paul Krugman offered readers of his New York Times column an analysis of political bias in economics (“How To be A Hack,” April 23, 2000). This Read more…

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Paul Street: The Anti-Sweatshop Movement

For nearly three years now, American campuses have been experiencing a resurgence of student activism. This new college activism targets the $2.5 billion collegiate licensing industry, which includes companies like Nike, Champion, and Fruit of the Loom. These and other transnational corporations pay colleges huge royalties for the right to place university logos on sweatshirts, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Anti-WTO Organizing

  The demonstrations against the WTO in Seattle were probably among the most effective protests in modern American history. The sequel—on April 16 in Washington DC, at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings—may have an even greater impact on the world. The main reason that these demonstrations can be so effective is that U.S. foreign economic Read more…

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Michael Albert: A Q & A on the WTO, IMF, World Bank, and Activism

Culled from work by Albert, Elaine Bernard, Peter Bohmer, Jeremy Brecher, Dorothy Guellec, Robin Hahnel, Russell Mokhiber, Mark Weisbrot, and Robert Weissman Back to ZNet Top Back to ZNet’s Global Economics Top We recommend reading straight through, but if you want a specific question answered you may wish to jump to it, below… What is Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Road From Seattle

Jeremy Brecher, with Tim Costello & Brendan Smith The Battle of Seattle marks a turning point in the politics of globalization. It represents the emergence of a worldwide movement seeking to put limits on global capital. The Road from Seattle provides greatly expanded opportunities for that movement—if it can avoid the potholes in the road. Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: China & the WTO

Robin Hahnel After declining to sign a "better deal" last April, the Clinton administration signed off on conditions for permitting China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO) in November. Even though China’s premier was in Washington last April begging for Clinton’s signature to lock in a victory for his faction of economic liberalizers over Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

Robin Hahnel When real world outcomes differ from the efficient ones predicted by mainstream models in text books, the memories of pro-capitalists are jogged to recall catchall phrases, like “perfect competition,” and “complete markets.” The word “perfect” refers to knowledge and requires complete and accurate information for all participants in the economy about the consequences Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: American Labor on the Eve of the Millennium

  This is the first in a series of articles on the history of rank-and-file labor struggles over the past 25 years. It is drawn from the new concluding chapter Jeremy Brecher has written for the 25th anniversary edition of Strike!, just published as the first book in the South End Press Classics Series.   Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality

Noam Chomsky   I have been asked to speak on some aspect of academic or human freedom, an invitation that offers many choices. I will keep to some simple ones. Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal. The fate of the more vulnerable offers a sharp Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Passion for Free Markets

  For more than half a century, the United Nations has been the main forum for the United States to try to create a world in its image, maneuvering with its allies to forge global accords about human rights, nuclear tests or the environment that Washington insisted would mirror its own values." So runs postwar Read more…

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