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FREE TRADE: “Instead of substantive debate, we get a stark, formulaic choice between free trade to h

December 30, 2008

Summary: trading between or within countries unrestricted by legislation, taxes, or other barriers is called free trade. Bill Moyers (speech, 2007) talks about the social costs of free trade. "For over a decade, free trade has hovered over the political system like a biblical commandment, striking down anything—trade unions, the environment, indigenous rights, even the constitutional standing of our own laws passed by our elected representatives—that gets in the way of unbridled greed. The broader negative consequence of this agenda—increasingly well-documented by scholars—gets virtually no attention in the dominant media. Instead of reality, we get optimistic multicultural scenarios of coordinated global growth, and instead of substantive debate, we get a stark, formulaic choice between free trade to help the world and gloomy sounding ‘protectionism’ that will set everyone back.” When writing or speaking of free trade, spell out for your audiences what is involved so that they won't be seduced by the word "free."

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